Preparing for Halloween is just like getting ready for any other holiday, and with less than a month to go it’ll be here before you know it. While you may not have to make a big fancy meal, there is still a lot to do to get prepared. If you start now, you will be able to avoid any last-minute stress and enjoy it.
To get you started, we have pulled together five great tips and ideas that will help make this Halloween one your family will remember for years to come:
Pumpkin picking. Nothing screams Halloween more than a pumpkin. This year, instead of picking up a pumpkin at your local grocery store, consider visiting a local pumpkin patch or farm. Not only will you and your family have a chance to pick your own pumpkins, but most pumpkin patches or farms will also have other activities such as corn mazes, hayrides and petting zoos.
Pumpkin carving. Most families have their own pumpkin-carving tradition. If your family doesn’t, consider starting one this year. Pumpkin carving is a great way to bring the family together. Set aside some time a day or two before Halloween and make an event of it. Have everyone sit around the table and design their pumpkin (for some great design ideas and free carving stencils, check out www.spookmaster.com). Once everyone is done, vote on the best design or fire up the BBQ and have a celebratory dinner. After dinner, light up the pumpkins so your family can admire their work.
Choosing a costume. Selecting a costume for you or members of your family can be among the most stressful things to do for Halloween. Here are a few things to consider when selecting and purchasing a Halloween costume:
- Predict the weather. The average temperature towards the latter part of October in Ontario can drop to about 13 degrees Celsius at nighttime. Be sure to consider costumes that will allow for extra layers of clothing to keep your family warm.
- Buy early. Whether you are purchasing online or in-store, Halloween costumes go quickly. The earlier you purchase your family’s costumes the better. Be sure to try on the costume a few weeks prior to ensure it fits.
- Check out the trends. Not sure what to wear? No problem! This year it’s all about Angry Birds, monsters and fairies. Click here to see the top 10 Halloween costume trends for 2012.
Decorating. Now that the costumes and pumpkins are taken care of, it’s time to focus on decorating. The great thing about decorating is that you can do as much or as little as you like, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. One of the most budget-friendly ways to decorate for Halloween is to get creative with lighting and music. Turn your lights down low or even turn them off, and use candles to create a spooky glow. If you have small children, it might be best to skip this step for safety reasons and just use coloured light bulbs. Download some spooky music and play it in the background when trick-or-treaters come to the door. For added decor, check out your local dollar store as they will have a large variety of decorations to choose from.
Be safe and have fun. Last but certainly not least, be safe and have fun. For many, especially the little ones, trick-or-treating is what Halloween is all about. Tragically, however, there is a dramatic increase in youth pedestrian accidents on Halloween. To prevent accidents from occurring, encourage your children to take extra precautions when crossing roadways. A mask will reduce their ability to see hazards and motorists so use face paint as an alternative. The additional visibility could make a life-changing difference. Also be sure to inspect your children’s treats before they dig into them. Allow them to eat only factory-wrapped treats and avoid any homemade treats made by strangers. For more information on these and other Halloween safety tips, click here.
How do you and your family get prepared for Halloween? Please share your thoughts and ideas below. We’d love to hear from you!