This post was originally published on October 30, 2020 and updated on October 27, 2021.

Halloween finally falls on a Sunday in 2021. And here in the U.S., revelers will get an extra hour of sleep because we’ll be turning our clocks back at 2 a.m. the next day. 

But what’s on most parents’ minds for this spooky holiday in 2021 is safety. Here are four fun tips for protecting kids, pets and yes, even orangutans and elephants, this Halloween. 

  1. Go wild with your candy choices. Treats made with Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil help to fund the Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU) saving the lives of orangutans, elephants and other native species in the rainforest, and also helping to protect their natural habitats. Choose candies made by companies such as Kellogg’s, Hershey, Mars, Nestle, Kraft, PepsiCo, Ghirardelli and Lindt that are committed to using sustainable palm oil
  2. Choose your furkids’ costumes wisely. Dressing up your pets for Halloween makes for some great social media photo ops, but stay away from costumes made with choking hazards or that could cause an expensive trip to the emergency vet if they chew on it. And keep curious pets away from candy bowls, which are another risk for Halloween night pet emergencies.  
  3. Channel your inner mad scientist. Keep kids entertained safely at home by transforming your kitchen into a spooky lab and stocking it with the makings for vampire slime and rice cereal treats to be decorated like Frankenstein.
  4. Consider reverse trick-or-treating. Instead of your kids going door to door, organize a parade of cars to drive through your neighborhood, tossing out treats to costumed children waiting safely in their own front yards. Make the holiday extra spirited by ensuring everyone in each car is also dressed in costume. 

Some families plan to teach kids how to make stovetop popcorn made with Malaysian palm oil then watch Halloween movies. But if your little ones are too young for a scary movie marathon, consider driving through a neighborhood that goes all out with outdoor Halloween decorations. Have a fun and safe Halloween this year!

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