Taking care of the kids
Halloween presents a fun time where the holiday is more than just one day. Sure, you have trick-or-treating on October 31, but there are plenty of other options leading up to the big day.
Making crafts and decorating the house should be at the top of that list. How about talking about the history of Halloween, too. Let Grandma and Grandpa or Nana and Papa tell you their spooky stories from years gone by. That’s how family traditions continue. We’ll get into some full family ideas later as well.
When you talk about the night itself, this is for those parents out there and this is where you have the most control. From the costume to the candy-catching route to the Sour Patch posse, parents will be involved in every step of the way. Be firm but make sure your child has some input. If everything is about you and not about them, it may not be fun. If they don’t like the costume, they won’t want to show it off. If you pick a path that doesn’t have bountiful houses, you’ll be booed. And of course, if you don’t get a lot of candy… well, let’s not even go there. Maybe you’ll have to stash some of your own candy from Ocean State Job Lot for the start of your journey.
Start early, have many conversations, and keep it simple. Set some ground rules too like how long you’ll be trick-or-treating, let them know you’ll be checking candy once you get home, and yes, tell them how much they can eat before bedtime. There’s no need for an ultimate sugar-high or a meltdown that you know will affect the next morning.
Let’s not think it’s all about the costumes, though. You also have to think about what bag they’re going to use. Keep the weather in mind if alterations are needed. Make sure they go out with a flashlight or glow stick as well.
If walking around the neighborhood doesn’t work, maybe there’s a trunk-or-treat that may be of interest to your child. Getting your choice of candy from many different vehicles at one location could be a good solution.