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Halloween is getting close, and today Michael from VIVO Masks is helping us get ready as he runs through a quick list of everything we need for October 31st. Check it out:
How to Prepare for Halloween
By Michael, vivomasks.com
Like my grandmother used to say, “Halloween without pumpkins is like Christmas without a tree”! It is that time of the year which brings out mixed emotions in everyone. Some people love to dress up and trick or treating with children while others like to stay home.
You should start preparing for Halloween at least a week in advance. Take your kids to the pumpkin patch to get everyone in the mood for the event. Plan a trip to your local farm where you can pick out perfect pumpkins in any shape and size.
To keep things interesting, you can try craving something fun in your pumpkin instead of scary this year. Once you have enough jack-o-lanterns carved out, it’s time to begin decorating your home. Bring out the spider webs, creepy crawlies and download some spooky noises on your sound system. Make sure to have at least one scary display outside your door where everyone can see it, and you will definitely have the most exciting haunted house in your neighborhood.
Halloween Costume Idea
Whether you take your kids to trick-or-treating yourself or stay home answering the door for other trick or treaters, if you don’t dress up you are really missing out. You can either create, buy or rent an awesome costume without spending a lot of money. You might have a lot of random things lying around the house already.
And you can always find little gems at your local thrift store if you need to add something more. Even if you are not handy with fabrics, just use some glue. Most stores have ready-made patterns which can be easily put together. Then all you need is a mask or better yet get yourself beautifully decorated masquerade masks to make your costume truly unique.
Now that you have an outfit to wear, it’s time to prepare your house for trick-or-treaters. Set up spooky decorations on your door and in your front yard. Adding a few jack-o-lanterns along your walkway will ensure that children don’t take a tumble when approaching your front door. Keep your lights on during the evening so kids know you are giving out treats.
Halloween Candy Bowls
Speaking of treats, you have to make sure you have plenty of candy to last throughout the day. It’s a good idea to buy all your candy in bulk from big retailers such as Walmart, Costco, etc. Watch out for sales a week or two before Halloween and make sure you stock up. There is nothing more upsetting than crushing a child’s hope when he comes knocking on a door that doesn’t have any candy left. If you want to offer a healthier alternative to sweets, then you can always prepare some delicious treats for kids.
Now that you have organized everything make sure you stay at home during prime treat or treating time, usually between 6 – 8 p.m. Remember to acknowledge all the kids for making an effort to dress up for Halloween. You don’t need to say anything much even enthusiastic “wow” would cheer the kids up. Give them compliments and don’t forget to dress up yourself.
Although leaving candy out on the porch is a good gesture, it doesn’t work very well because the first group of kids will usually take all of it for themselves, leaving an empty bowl for all the others who will come along.
Last but not the least, do attend a Halloween party and take your kids with you. Or you can always throw one yourself and invite all your friends and their children.
Michael is a blogger and personal finance enthusiast with slight “addiction” of planning and organizing whether it’s budget, business or just life in general. Being a true humanist, he draws inspiration from the simple thing as an everyday life and the matters one come across on daily bases doing his best and above to help everyone around.
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