Trick or Treating Checklist: For the Modern Mom
Halloween has come, a time for ghouls and beasties and skeletons – and that’s just at your front door! If you’re taking your own ghouls and beasties out on the town for a bit of trick or treating, you’ll want to properly prepare. This trick or treating checklist ensures you have everything you need for a ghoulish good time.
Trick or Treating Checklist
Duh! There’s nothing worse than a kid heading out to trick or treat without a costume. Make a costume. Buy a costume. Borrow a costume. Just make sure your kids have costumes. And no, cutting two eye holes in a sheet and calling it a ghost doesn’t count.
Parents should also get down with costumes! Whether it’s a full-out family affair or a simple t-shirt, get festive. Now that it’s a bit later in October, stores are placing their costumes and tees on sale. Browse good deals here.
You’re going out to collect mounds of candy, so you may wonder why you need more. The candy stash at the house is for any trick or treaters still going strong once you come back home. It can also be used to trade your kids for treats you want from their collected stash.
Target has buy one, get one 50% off candy. As if we need another reason to shop at Target.
Let’s face it, Halloween is never the sunny, gorgeous fall day that we expect. Rather, it’s cold, windy, and sometimes drizzly. Stay warm with sweaters, hand warmers, and hot chocolate.
Bonus points if you add in a few special ingredients to make Grown up hot cocoa. This recipe includes hot chocolate, marshmallow vodka and homemade Baily’s marshmallows.
Instant wind-chill-proof mom.
(If you’re lucky enough to live in a desert, go on with your tropical beverage or classic wine)
Sneakers (and Uggs)
For once in his life, Superman is going to wear sneakers. So is Tinkerbell. Even if your kids’ costumes come with some matchy-matchy costume shoes, flimsy costume shoes aren’t going to stand up to the mean streets of trick or treating. Crummy shoes pose too big a risk of tripping or slipping on splattered pumpkin guts. Supportive sneakers with no-slip rubber soles definitely go on your trick or treating checklist.
For you? Uggs. We’re getting comfortable this Halloween.
Bags for goodies
Yeah, we know. Those plastic pumpkin heads that hold treats are cute as the dickens. (Do people still stay “dickens?”) As cute as they may be, they typically don’t hold squat in terms of candy. Invest instead in larger bags so your kids can haul home a notable load of goodies which they can, of course, then share or trade with you.
Lands’ End has cute and functional treat bags for only $15.
You never know when you’ll get lost, stuck in the rain or otherwise need to call someone to come pick you up. Smartphones also let you keep an eye on the time, use the flashlight app to avoid stepping in pumpkin guts, and snap awesome pix of your kids freaking out when startled by the neighbor dressed as a werewolf.
Whether it’s an armband or trick or treat bag, you want something reflective to give oncoming cars a head’s up that trick or treaters are in their midst. A reflective vest would be great, but Superman and Tinkerbell may complain it would wreck their costumes. And you know it would.
There’s nothing worse than kids getting back to the house and dumping their loot on the living room floor, unable to open a wrapper because their tiny hands are frozen.
They will insist they don’t need gloves. Take them with you anyway.
With all the fun, fanfare, hot chocolate, and preparing for trick or treating, make sure you don’t accidently forget to bring along your kids. There actually is one thing worse than a kid trick or treating without a costume. And that’s a parent trick or treating without her kids.