We love Halloween at the Ad Council! Here’s a list of our Top 10 tips to have a safe, healthy, and fun holiday–with a little help from our campaigns!
– Halloween is a night when gigantic dragons (aka teens too old to trick-or-treat) push and shove children to get to the front door first. You don’t see bullying like this every day. Your kids do. Teach your kids how to be more than a bystander.
– Caution! Food poisoning can make your Halloween ghastly! Make sure your children don’t eat anything that isn’t commercially wrapped, and keep all perishable party foods chilled until serving time. Visit www.foodsafety.gov to find out more.
– The smallest moments can have the biggest impact on a child’s life. Take time to be a dad today by dressing as your child’s favorite cartoon character or fairy princess. For parenting resources go to www.fatherhood.gov.
– Have some extra treats after your Halloween party? How about taking them to a food bank with some nutritious fall food staples. Nearly 1 in 6 Americans do not know where their next meal will come from. Join the hunger-relief effort at www.feedingamerica.org/Hunger.
– Do you know it all when it comes to your child? 3 out of 4 children aren’t as safe in the car as they should be. Make sure your children are in the right seat for their age and size. Even when they are in bulky costumes and you’re just driving around the block.
– We want everyone to have a fang-tastic night! Instead of your kids spending an additional 2 minutes recounting their Halloween candy, have them devote 2 minutes to brushing their teeth tonight (and again in the morning!). Dental decay affects 16.5 million children in the United States. Learn more at www.2min2x.org.
– Always wanted to dress a dog up as a Robin? There are so many pets who’d love to be your sidekick this Halloween. A person is the best thing to happen to a shelter pet. Be that person. Adopt. Find out how at www.theshelterpetproject.org.
– Your child dressed as a bumble bee is the only one who should be buzzing around the neighborhood this Halloween. Plan ahead and designate a sober driver before you go out on Halloween. Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.
– Tonight, dress like an action hero. Train like an action hero. Eat like an action hero. Nearly 1 in 3 American children are overweight or obese. Join the Action Hero Alliance and “bring out the action hero in you” through awesome moves and supercharged foods.
– Did you know the average time it takes to collect candy at a house is approximately 5 seconds? That’s the same time the average text takes your eyes off the road when texting while driving. Tonight there will be lots of kids on the streets for Halloween. Keep your eyes on the road. Stop the texts. Stop the Wrecks.
We hope you have a safe and spooktacular Halloween!
This blog post was co-written by Lisa Cullen.
As Vice President of Public Relations and Social Media, Lisa works on all aspects of public relations and social media to promote the Ad Council and its more than 50 public service advertising (PSA) campaigns to the advertising, media and philanthropy communities, as well as to the general public. Prior to joining the Ad Council in February 2008, Lisa worked as a Senior Communications Manager at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. She is a graduate of Roanoke College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and currently resides in Washington, DC.