Handy Halloween Checklist!

Handy Halloween Checklist www.mumsnchums.com

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!

  • Think about safety – 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.
  • Plan for an easy dinner – 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!
  • Be Prepared – 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.
  • Make it fun! – 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.
  • Capture That Moment! – 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.
  • Inspection time! – After trick or treating, make sure to check all treats under bright light before consuming.
  • Down time for the Kids – 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.
  • Down time for You! – 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!

 


 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!


 

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I founded Mums 'n Chums in 2009 after realizing that the area I live in was drastically underserviced as compared to surrounding areas for support and activities for growing families. Mums 'n Chums grew popular very quickly and I have been dedicated to nurturing that growth through frequent networking, social media engagement and in person meetups. By the end of its first year, Mums 'n Chums had close to 500 members and was receiving regular inquiries from fans outside of its service area, asking when we would be expanding to serve them as well. After much careful research and polling, I expanded the site in May of 2011 to cover the entire North end of the GTA (from Cambridge to Markham), areas I believe are still receiving far less attention than they deserve from other sites and family services. We also changed the focus from small scale local mom and tot meetups to more of an informative purpose, closing down our forum and adding several talented contributors to the blog. We do still offer several large scale family events per year, such as our popular Birthday Bash events and our Holiday Bash in December. Our contests have also become a member favourite, and we strive to offer amazing prizes from trusted brands like Babies R Us, La Roche Posay, Johnson's Baby and many more. In March of 2016, after months of work spent migrating all of the site's content to a new platform, Mums 'n Chums re-launched with its fresh, new look. The changes and expansion have proven a great success and we're still getting inquiries from several other cities within the Greater Toronto Area, whom we have decided to serve as well. I have built this site and its' reputation carefully and look forward to continuing its growth!