It's almost time for kids to transform into ghosts, pirates and princesses (if Hurricane Sandy doesn't slam into your Halloween, that is). But before you let these fantastical creatures out of your sight, prep them with your own treats to keep them safe and make them ready to enjoy some spooky fun.
Costume sound effects
Kids can generate their own sound effects when they clip on the Audio Reality Costume ($39.99 on thinkgeek.com). An accelerometer inside the device senses each step, triggering sound effects like "medieval knight," "hydraulic giant robot," "zombie attack" and "gigantic monster." Runs on four AAA batteries.
Whether you're handing out the treats or having a party with your little ones ready, you can get in the Halloween spirit with one of Slacker Radio's Halloween stations. Options include Halloween Sounds, Kids Halloween and Indie Halloween. Or check your music subscription service for its offerings.
When kids pop a projection lens onto the Halloween Projection Flashlight ($9.99 on amazon.com), they can add ghosts, cats, pumpkins and witches to their party. And, of course, it does a nice job of making sure kids can see where they're going.
If your kids are just old enough to be heading out on their own, consider investing in a two-way radio. Both you and your kids will feel more comfortable as they explore the neighborhood's candy mother lode. Family Radio Service (FRS) radios, like these Motorola Talkabout MR350 radios ($60 on amazon.com), are rated at up to 35 miles, but have a range of five to eight miles in most suburban and urban areas. The Talkabout MR350s have built-in flashlights and emergency lights.
Just because there are fake ghosts and goblins around, that doesn't mean you won't run into to some real shady characters. Girls can arm themselves with an ila Pebble personal alarm ($14.95 on dailygrommet.com), which sounds a loud, 130 decibel alarm when triggered.
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