Secrets To A Stress Free Halloween
I bet no one told you when you were a kid that becoming an adult might take the fun out of some of your favorite celebrations. Take Halloween for example. I mean, there are so many decisions! Will you celebrate the Harvest, Día de los Muertos, or keep it classic with just good ol’ Halloween? Where should you go? How old is too old for trick-or-treating? What will everyone wear? What if it rains? Being the adult in charge of costumes, candy, decorations, and what and how to celebrate--it’s all so much work!
This is definitely not the most serious of posts but I want to let you in on a few secrets that I have used to have a stress free October 31st.
STAY HOME & HAVE A PARTY
There are so many wonderful events happening on Oct 31st that just weren't around when we were kids. The mall has some great candy stations. Churches, and even many schools, offer Harvest Parties or sweets to the cuties that dress up.
As for me and my house, though, we opt to stay home and have a party. Nothing lavish: just chili in a crock pot, music, and friends around our fire table. It’s so much more fun and relaxing for us than running from event to event. There are also still kiddos in the neighborhood who want to trick-or-treat, and if no one is home to answer the door and hand out candy, what would they do?! No kiddos will leave our house with a frown.
FIND EASY, INEXPENSIVE COSTUMES
When our kids were little, I bought all the costumes and loved having them for the kids to wear throughout the year. As we have all gotten older I’ve decided that spending money for a single-use item does not make sense anymore. Check out the sweet outfit I put together last year in the image above. Truth be told, I was wearing most of that before I added the baby and coffee mug. This will probably be my go-to from now on, making my Halloween costume prep that much easier for years. Find things around the house to repurpose into a costume. Challenge the kids to do the same!
JUST BUY THE BIG BAG OF CANDY
For real. This one isn't complicated. I used to turn to Pinterest each year to find cute and creative ways to package treats. I am sure that some of the kids really did appreciate the extra effort, but it was so much more stressful for me! I now realize that it was not the best use of my time, and I gladly head to Costco each year to buy the big bags of candy now. Afterall, the candy is what the kids are really after, not an over-the-top presentation. Keep it simple. Just hand out the candy, and everyone will be happy.
Remember, the point of these types of events is not to cause us more stress--they are supposed to be fun ways for us to come together to celebrate.
So feel free to steal my “secrets,” and regardless of how you celebrate or what you call it, from mine to yours:
Share your fun costumes ideas below.
Oh, and if you’re thinking you might want to host a party of your own next year, and need some new digs in which to do it, let’s talk. I know how to help minimize that stress, too!
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