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Every week on GoLocalProv I share tips on how families can make the most of their family time – including helpful hints that make parenting easier and connecting you to great local happenings.

Kido Tip 1. Halloween fun for kids at every age.

images-tomake-halloweencupcakes-spidergroup.jpgHalloween can be a fun time for kids with all the creative costumes, candy treats, seasonal events, decorations, making crafts, and carving jack-o-lanterns, but it can also be overwhelming, what with all the scary costumes and decorations, candy overload, and staying up late. Depending on the age of your child you may opt for a simple celebration, dressing up your children and meeting friends at your favorite park or trick or treating early at the Providence Children’s Museum or at local businesses in your neighborhood. One year we took our boys trick-or-treating to just a handful of neighbors’ houses and then came home to watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. That was about all our three-year-olds needed or could handle at that age. candy.jpg

Kido Tip 2. How to survive Candyland.

Halloween trick-or-treating is around the corner, but in many houses the festivities and treats have already begun. Here are some helpful tips for minimizing the sugar rush. First. On Halloween day, try to have your kids eat healthy meals. Prepare dinner for the kids before they head out to trick or treat. Second. Make a plan for post Halloween candy consumption. Limit your kids to maybe two pieces of candy a day, save it to decorate your holiday gingerbread house, or have your kids barter their candy for non-edible treats (stickers, small toys) or for a special outing or event. More ideas on how to manage the candy overload on Kidoinfo.

Kido Tip 3. Make it a Safe Halloween. Read more on GoLocalProv.

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