Are you ready for Halloween?
Make a plan. Create one list of what needs to be done and another of what you need to buy or borrow. Here are a few items to consider.
- Do your kids have Halloween costumes picked out? The best costumes are often homemade, and no, I don’t necessarily mean hours at the sewing machine. This means taking a closer look at what you already have, including play dress-up clothes, pajamas, old materials and boxes. If you can’t find or think of anything, consider offering costumes you have to friends and family in exchange for one of theirs. Another budget-friendly option is to hit a couple thrift stores to see what’s available.
- Where will you keep the costume? Most little kids enjoy their costume so much they want to play in it. If that’s the case, help them decide where they should store the costume when it’s not in use. Keeping all of the costumes together in one place will eliminate tears about missing pieces when it’s time to trick-or-treat.
- Are you in charge of a Halloween classroom party or treat? Remember, keep it simple. A few easy games and a simple craft are all the kids expect and need. Pinterest offers a ton of easy games and treat ideas that don’t require much prep time. Your best resource though is the teacher. She/he knows what works and what doesn’t.
- When will your family carve pumpkins? What tools do you need for this? Don’t forget candles for the big night.
- What will your house be distributing to trick-or-treaters? Avoid the last-minute candy crowds and decide what treats you need for trick-or-treaters. Hang on to the receipt and if you buy too much, you can return unused and unopened candy at most stores.
Create a timeline. Now that you know what you need to do, you can carve out time to do it and consolidate errands. Just think of how great it will feel to avoid the last-minute hassles and special trips.