This year I’m going to focus on some ways to make Halloween fun (and stress-free for YOU). Even if you don’t have kids, or don’t celebrate Halloween I bet you can implement some of these ideas.
- Dress up. I know it sounds like a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to be. Just stick a headband with cat ears and draw some whiskers on your face. Add a Halloween t-shirt and you are good to go. Just a few minutes but your kids will love it. Feel like an idiot? Who cares – your kids think you are fun and awesome and isn’t that what really matters?
- Serve something simple and HEALTHY if you plan on going out trick-or-treating. Everyone’s tummies will be thankful to have some real food in them before they start “sampling” the candy (not that I would ever do that). Try something easy like homemade pizza, a simple crock pot meal or pasta dish. If you go out early, be sure to fill the kids up with a healthy snack.. And remember, one night of candy is NOT going to hurt anyone long-term!
- Decorate your house. Once again this doesn’t have to be extravagant – use the artwork your children make or check out the dollar store for inexpensive decorations. I always hit up the nicer stores after Halloween and pick up a few fun and unique items for pennies!
- Start the day off with something special. How about pumpkin pancakes or muffins? Heck, you could make the muffins a few days ahead of time and serve them on the 31st for breakfast with hot apple cider. Yum!
Don’t want to celebrate Halloween? You can still make it a fun and special day for your kids – don’t let them feel left out. How about creating your OWN fall holiday to celebrate instead? We have Pumpkin Day every year and the kids LOVE it!