Whether you LOVE IT or HATE IT, if you have kids, getting through October without having to deal with Halloween would be a feat unparalleled in our current times. So in order to help those of you who LOVE it enjoy it more, and those of you who are not-so-much in love with it get through it unscathed here are a few Do’s and Don’t's – take ‘em or leave ‘em.
DO know the trick-or-treat schedule for your neighborhood/city/township, etc. otherwise you will be caught unaware at the last minute!
DON’T leave a large bucket of candy if you aren’t going to be home that the first set of trick-or-treaters empties leaving none for the rest of us … waste of your $$.
DO visit our local thrift stores for costumes and contribute to the “Maker” movement.
DON’T try to ruin the holiday for someone else just because you and your family don’t celebrate.
DO find other fun ways to celebrate fall if Halloween and trick-or-treating aren’t for you.
DON’T forget to carve a pumpkin and visit one of our local pumpkin patches … this holiday isn’t just about candy!
DO make your kids say THANK YOU! when they are trick-or-treating.
DON’T try to scare your trick-or-treaters … for some, just walking up your path is scary enough!
DO find out what your work-place dress up policy is … and play along … how bad can it be?… might even be fun!
DON’T try to make your kid use the same costume as last year, just because it fits. so.not.cool.
DO make candy consumption guidelines for your kiddos clear PRIOR to trick-or-treating.
DON’T forget the glow-in-the dark sticks or reflective tape on your child’s costume. Be Safe!
DO think about weather variance when designing, building or choosing your child’s costume. Illinois weather is unpredictable at best.
DON’T be a sourpuss if you get tp’d … its usually a sign of affection… and looks kinda cool blowing in the wind (if I am not the person who has to clean it up.)
DO make it clear if you are home or not by leaving your door open, light’s on, wait on the porch etc. We don’t want to pass you up if you WANT to give out candy, but we don’t want to wait at your door if you aren’t participating.
DON’T wear makeup or a headpiece while bobbing for apples – the trick is to push the apple all the way to the side or bottom of the bucket – either way you aren’t staying dry, so skip the mascara!
DO eat some candy corn … YA HAFTA eat some candy corn! YUMMO!
DON’T be afraid to trick-or-treat at some of your favorite local businesses … they might have some special treats in store for your kiddos!
DO check out PINTEREST for fun, new, cool and creative costume, decorating, game and snack ideas.
DON’T wait until the last minute to try the idea you saw on PINTEREST … neva-gonna-work.
HELP US OUT chambanamoms! What are you favorite Halloween tips?
We would love to hear about them as we all prepare for the season!!
Erin (Trent) Tarr made the three-hour drive from Southern Illinois to Champaign in 1997 to attend the University of Illinois and never left. Mother of two beautiful girls (2 & 5 years old), her passions for leadership and education have led her to start “Be the Benchmark” – a coaching/mentoring business for tween and teen girls. She also blogs about leadership and motherhood at www.erintarr.com. You can often find her (with two kids in tow) at Champaign Centennial sporting events where her beloved husband of ten years, Adam, works as an Athletic Trainer.