Trick-or-Treat Parents Guide: Cheat Sheet for New Parents

Halloween is just around the corner, and for new parents, it can be both exciting and daunting.

You’re excited to take your little one trick-or-treating, but you also want to make sure your kiddo is safe and comfy.

No need to fear!

We’ve prepared a Trick-or-Treat parents guide to help you navigate this spooky holiday.

From costumes to candy, and a special tip at the end, we’ve got you covered.

Let’s tackle all the questions together!

What’s the right age to start trick-or-treating?

Trick-or-treating is best enjoyed by children aged 2-3 and older. Younger toddlers may not fully grasp the concept and might find it overwhelming. 

At this age, they can experience the fun of dressing up and walking to nearby houses. Always consider your child’s comfort and adapt the experience to their age and personality.

What time does trick-or-treating start?

Typically, trick-or-treating starts between 5 and 6 PM. However, it’s important to check with your neighborhood.

Make sure your kid has enough time to have fun without it getting too dark or late because some places might have set times to keep everyone safe.

What’s the best Halloween costume for toddlers?

The best Halloween costume for toddlers is comfortable, safe, and easy to move in.

Go for soft, comfy materials that won’t mess with a child’s eyesight. And if it’s gonna be chilly, make sure they’ve got layers on underneath!

Costumes for toddlers often have animal designs, classic characters from storybooks, or simple and comfortable outfits that your little ones will love.

🎃TIP: Take a look at our ideas! We’ve prepared for you 10 Best Baby Girl Halloween Costumes and 10 Best Baby Boy Halloween Costumes.

What if my child won’t wear their costume?

If your kid doesn’t feel like wearing their costume, don’t push it. It’s better to listen to them and come up with an alternative plan.

Halloween is all about having fun, especially for kids. Let them wear whatever they want, but don’t forget to add some cool Halloween stuff like face painting or a spooky accessory.

Also, you can ask them to carve a pumpkin or do some fun crafting to make them feel part of the celebration.

Is Halloween makeup safe for children?

Halloween makeup can be safe for children if you choose non-toxic, hypoallergenic products specifically designed for kids.

Before you apply makeup, make sure to do a patch test to avoid any allergic reactions. Keep it simple and apply makeup sparingly. Avoid putting it on sensitive spots such as eyes.

After the party, make sure you wash off the makeup completely. It’s best to use water-based makeup that can be easily washed away. Above all, don’t use products that aren’t meant for use on the skin.

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How do children with food allergies trick-or-treat?

Kids with food allergies can enjoy Halloween treats by choosing allergy-friendly candies or non-food treats like stickers, toys, or glow sticks.

Just talk to your neighbors and arrange some no-allergy treats for them. Some communities are part of the Teal Pumpkin Project, which tells you which houses are safe for allergies.

Teach your child to say “no thanks” to any unsafe treats and always have safe options ready to swap with them.

How do I check Halloween candy for safety?

  1. Carefully inspect each piece, discarding any with damaged packaging or signs of tampering.
  2. Look out for choking hazards, especially in small candies or hard pieces.
  3. Always read ingredient labels for allergens.
  4. Consider age-appropriate candies, and be mindful of sugar intake.

When in doubt, it’s better to be safe than sorry. It’s a good idea to get rid of anything that seems questionable.

How do I prepare my toddler for Halloween?

Get your toddler excited for Halloween by doing fun activities like reading Halloween books, singing Halloween lullabies, or making Halloween crafts.

You can even have a pretend trick-or-treating session at home and decorate your place to make it look spooky!

The most important thing is to have fun and let your toddler enjoy Halloween at their own pace because it can be overwhelming.

How do I manage all the Halloween candy?

  1. Set clear limits on consumption.
  2. Allow your child to enjoy a reasonable amount on Halloween night and gradually reduce the intake in the following days.
  3. Use the candy as a reward or treat rather than a constant snack.
  4. Encourage sharing and consider donating excess candy to charitable organizations or participating in buyback programs offered by some dentists.

What are some trick-or-treating alternatives?

Want to make Halloween memorable for your kids but can’t go trick-or-treating? No worries, we have some ideas!

Create a candy scavenger hunt at home by hiding treats around the house and yard. You can give your kids clues or let them search for the treats themselves.

If you want to add more fun, hang up a Halloween piñata or cook some treats like cookies, cupcakes, gourd-shaped pizzas, and mummy dogs. 

For a more classic Halloween experience, watch some non-scary movies, light a bonfire, and carve some pumpkins.

You can also go on a ride around town looking for the best Halloween decorations in the neighborhood and make it a scavenger hunt.

Last but not least, plan a day full of Halloween games – the Halloween kid party at home.

Final Tip: Trick or Treat Without Missing a Beat – Using Annie Baby Monitor for Stress-Free Halloween

Halloween can be a balancing act for parents with young children. While you want to take your older kids out for some trick-or-treating fun, you must also ensure your little one is safe and sound at home.

This is where the Annie Baby Monitor app comes to the rescue.

The Annie Baby Monitor app offers an unlimited range, meaning you can go as far as you’d like without losing connection. Unlike hardware baby monitors with limited range, Annie gives you peace of mind while you enjoy Halloween festivities.

With real-time video and audio, motion and sound detection, and even cry detection, you’ll know the moment your baby needs you.

Plus, the app includes lullabies and white noise to calm your baby down, and you can even talk through the monitor to soothe them.

The best part is you can try it out for free for 3 days before paying anything. So, if you need to figure out whether it’s the right fit for you and your baby, no worries, give it a try!


In conclusion, Halloween can be a fantastic experience for both new parents and their little ones.

Following the advice in our Trick-or-Treat parents’ guide can ensure a safe and enjoyable Halloween.

Here is your cheat sheet in a nutshell:

  1. Taking your little one for trick or treating at three is the best age to start.
  2. The best time to go out is around 5:00 p.m. when it’s not entirely dark.
  3. The most comfortable costume for a toddler should be comfortable, safe, and easy to move in.
  4. Don’t force a child into a costume if they don’t want it.
  5. Let the child choose the costume.
  6. Halloween makeup is safe, but it is better to choose non-toxic, hypoallergenic products.
  7. If your child is allergic to certain candies, prepare an alternative and change them after trick or treating.

Embrace the digital age and consider using the Annie Baby Monitor not only for Halloween but for everyday use and other upcoming holidays. 

Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve, this app provides peace of mind. It helps you strike that perfect balance between parenting and celebrating the holidays.

Happy Halloween, parents!

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