Halloween Tips, Tricks, and Treats?!
Ghouls & Boys from around the world will soon be filling the streets with buckets and bags in their hands, eagerly awaiting to fill them to the brim with all sorts of candy stash. Parents might be dreading the big Halloween Day, or perhaps excitedly embracing it alongside of their kids, too.
I live for Halloween, as it is one of my favorite Holidays! We have done family themed costumes for several years now, and I always get so excited to hit the streets alongside my kiddos. Even if that means freezing our butts off most years! (Oh, the joys of living in the upper Midwest…)
Since doing several Halloween’s over the years with my kids now, I have developed a system that works best for us and keeps things from becoming hairy in a quick hurry! I thought I would share some of our annual traditions and tips, that make for a peaceful, safe, and fun Halloween for all!
COSTUMES: Have everything laid out and ready to go once the kids and you get home. Make sure the car is stocked with extra layers in case your area is cool. We often have to have hats, gloves, and possibly winter jackets some years. A blanket is never a bad idea, either! The kids can get in a quick warm up in the car, in between the areas you trick-or-treat in.
PHOTOS: This one is probably the trickiest one for me. The kids are super excited and hyped up and just want to get the night and party started! I mean, I can’t really blame them! However, my rule is photos come first after getting dressed, and then the fun can proceed. Our family always looks forward to seeing the kids all dressed up so this is a must. Decorate your photo area ahead of time, so all you have to do is stand in front of your photo op area set your camera timer on and run for a quick picture perfect –
C H E E S E session!
DINNER: Every year I always make sure to keep dinner simple and fast! One of our favorites and most requested meals is a Jack-O-Lantern pizza from Papa Murphy’s. It’s festive, yummy, quick, and fills the bellies up!
SAFETY: Every year we make sure to buy some sort of light attracting piece to include with our kiddos costumes! We’ve done a variety of things over the years from necklaces and bracelets, to pumpkin lights and glow sticks! Make sure that your kids can been seen in the streets once the sun goes down.
MAKE A PLAN: Map out your night ahead of time! Where do you want to go? How long do you plan to be out? Is there multiple stops you have to make? These things are all important factors to figure out ahead of time. Every year we always hit several places. Knowing where we are starting and ending, and which direction we are starting with first, sure helps keep us on track and makes the most of our time/night.
HAVE FUN! Halloween night can most definitely become frustrating if you let it. Being prepared ahead of time and following a guided routine will make for a happy and fun trick-or-treating night. If all else fails, stop at the store and pick up a bag of candy and call it night. Hopefully it doesn’t it come to that for you, though.
Wishing you all a very happy & safe Halloween night tomorrow!
Do you have certain traditions or tips you follow that help make Halloween a smooth and fun night for all? I would love to hear about them, if so!