Happy Halloween! We hope this handy checklist helps make a (usually) crazy night a little easier for you!
Halloween night is a rush of preparation for parents and excitement for kids- but sometimes even the simplest things be forgotten in the madness. To help reduce the stress of Halloween madness and increase the fun for everyone, here is a simple but helpful checklist to help you have a great night with your kiddos!
- – If you don’t already have it, be sure to get some safety gear for your little ones, such as flashlights, reflectors, glow bracelets, etc. – anything that can be added to their costume to help ensure motorists can see them in the dark. If you already have these items, make sure any that light up are in good working order. Follow and remind children about safety rules and ensure they understand how to stay safe while trick or treating. Check out our Halloween Safety Reminder post from Chris Boddy of Toronto Police Services for even more great tips.
- – Excited kids and a need for speed call for a simple, nutritious meal. Forego the full course dinner and consider bite sized sandwiches or healthy, party-style finger foods like veggies and dip, to help fill them up in a fun way before going out. Bonus: A tummy full of good food has less room for the goodies they’ll bring home later!
- – While the kids are still munching (or sooner if you can), take a few moments to get everything ready for dress-up time: Costumes, face paints, accessories, reflectors or safety lights, proper outerwear, bags or buckets for candy, and anything else you or your children will need when it’s time to get ready.
- – If you have time to prepare a bit of party ambiance beforehand, go for it- put on the spooky sounds CD or a Halloween themed movie before it’s time to get ready (or even while getting ready!). No time to do all of that? Just turn on the radio- many stations will play Halloween classics tonight.
- – There will be some big smiles on those little faces tonight! Don’t forget to keep a camera (or your phone) handy to snap some great, memorable shots, before and even after the kids head out.
- – After trick or treating, make sure to check all treats under bright light before consuming.
- – Excitement levels will be high tonight, and that could make it hard to sleep. Be sure to give the kids plenty of down time between returning home with their treats and time for bed. Try someclever diversion tactics– talk about their experiences, play a sorting game with their goodies or even snap a few “after” photos and look through them together. If you have some Halloween themed crafts or colouring pages, this would be the perfect time to bring those out. Halloween is also a great night for imaginative story time. Make the transition to bed as smooth as possible by incorporating some slower paced activities your child enjoys.
- – Oh, come on. You knew I was going to throw that one in there! Parents get to have fun on Halloween too, don’t we? Make sure you have some treats and downtime of your own after getting those little goblins to bed.
For other useful Halloween tips, be sure to check out our other Halloween posts!
- How to Make Halloween Treat Bags – easy, fast, fun and allergen friendly!
- Halloween Safety Reminder – from Toronto Police Services
- Pumpkin Pie-Inspired Roasted Pumpkin Seeds – Tried and true, a fan favourite super easy recipe!
Did I miss anything? If you have some great tips to share that I haven’t included here, please feel free to add them below!