Plan Halloween night with our trick-or-treat survival guide
For many families, trick-or-treating highlights Halloween night. That’s why it’s important to make sure you have everything you and your little monster need to make it a fun experience from start to finish. We all remember that one Halloween where forgetting something small can take away from the fun of costumes and candy.
Our best advice to survive trick-or-treating is to let kids be kids and enjoy Halloween. It only happens once a year and can provide quality family time for you and your kids. But here’s our list of tips to ensure it’s a frightfully fun night!
Have them eat healthy before the sweets:
A sugar crash can easily ruin a night of trick-or-treating with friends. Halloween is on a Saturday this year, meaning it should be a little easier to prepare a healthy lunch and snack. A turkey sandwich with lettuce and tomato on whole wheat bread would be the perfect Halloween lunch. Keep them from getting to the treats early with granola bars as an afternoon snack. CLIF Bar Chocolate Chip Energy Bars, $11.48, (plus 4% Cash Back), Walmart.com
Bring a flashlight for safety:
Even if you start your trick-or-treat adventure in the early evening, be sure to have a flashlight handy. It can sometimes be difficult for you and others to see your kids, especially in dark costumes.
Pack an extra jacket or two for late at night:
It gets chilly in a hurry this time of year, which is why having some cold weather gear in the car will ensure everyone stays warm this Halloween. This pullover provides plenty of warmth in addition to being an easy fit over the top of a costume. Boys Fleece Pullover Hoodie, $19.94, (plus up to 2% Cash Back), OldNavy.com
Be sure to have a good pair of walking shoes:
Parents often worry so much about their kids being ready for trick-or-treating that they forget to be prepared themselves. Whether you’re headed just up the block or making your way through several neighborhoods, a good pair of shoes is a must on Halloween. Nike Air Zoom Structure Women’s Shoes, $119.99, (plus 2% Cash Back), Footlocker.com
Hydrate with water instead of sugary drinks.
It’s easy for kids to turn to fruit drinks or soda when thirsty. But with all the candy they’re bound to receive trick-or-treating, it’s best to stock up on bottled water for Halloween night.