Halloween day is a time of excitement for both parents and children. It can be a mad rush as the sun begins to set and your child is nagging you about getting ready. You will be faced with making sure your child is dressed, all safety precautions have been taken, all supplies are on hand, and everything is ready to go. This can all be quite daunting. I know that last year in the mad dash to head out to trick or treat I actually forgot my daughters pumpkin that was to hold her candy. I left it sitting on the top of the car. My poor daughter had to use a plastic grocery bag to hold her candy since I had no pumpkin for her and it was too far to go back to the house before the mall hours closed for trick or treating.
This year I have elected not to let my oversights destroy any part of Halloween so I have decided to make a checklist for myself and other parents that might prove helpful.
1) Make sure that your child has a nice filling dinner. No one wants to head out to the trick or treating on an empty stomach.
2) Pack snacks for your children. Even though you have served them dinner they may not have eaten enough because they are too excited about Halloween. You do not want to be out trick or treating and have them want to snack on candy before you can go through it to check for safety. So pack some snacks to have on hand when your children get hungry.
3) Make sure that you have flashlights and glow sticks packed and ready to go.
4) Make sure your child wears comfortable shoes and you do too.
5) Remember the camera and video camera.
6) Remember extra batteries for your camera. My camera eats batteries and it always decides to go dead at the most important times so I have learned to have extra batteries on hand.
7) Pack extra clothes in case your child gets cold. Make sure you have sweaters. jackets, gloves, hats, and heavy shirts in case the weather gets colder as the night wears on.
8) Pack Kleenex for runny noses from the cold
9) Pack hand sanitizer. Your little one should sanitize his or her hands between houses. Many people have touched those doors and doorbells. With so much fear about the flu season this year it is nice to have a bit of hand sanitizer to help stay safe.
10) Pack an umbrella and rain coat. Even if the weather says it is going to be clear its nice to take precautions. We live in the Pacific Northwest where it always rains so carrying an umbrella seems to be second nature for us.
11) Make sure that you know the route that you will be going. Plan ahead of time so you do not get lost wandering the streets with your children.
12) Some parents like to bring a wagon or stroller for smaller children to ride in when they get tired between houses.
13) Remember the bag or pumpkin to carry the candy in.
14) Remember to give your children the speech on safety and not eating the candy until you an look it over.
15) Make sure there is gas in the car because a lot of gas stations close early on Halloween.
16) Just try to relax and have fun. It’s a wonderful time to spend with your children and it goes by all to fast.
This is a checklist that I hope will help you on Halloween Day. It can be as stressful time but also a lot of fun.