Halloween is one of the most fun times of year for kids because they just love trick or treating. Instead of mom and dad getting worried or frustrated, there are some ways to make the night much easier. There are simple ways for them to prepare for Halloween to make it less stressful.
Before going to the store, give the kids each the amount of money that they can spend for their costumes. Have them try them the costumes on to make sure they fit well and let them pay for them. This takes the pressure off the parents to say no to costumes that are not affordable.
Have a discussion about how to be safe while trick or treating before heading out. Do this a day in advance so you can keep their attention. Doing so the night of can be tricky because they are so antsy to get out the door and bring home their haul of candy. Make sure to have a plan, which child is holding whose hand and so forth. Reiterate that no candy is to be eaten until it can be checked.
Since you know they are not eating healthy when they get home from their trick or treating, make sure to give them a good meal before they go. One way to do this and that keeps to the theme of the night is to make some fun shaped small meatloaves for them to eat. You can use metal cookie cutters to make the meatloaf shapes. Stuff these with the uncooked meatloaf mixture after spraying them with non stick oil. Put them in the oven and they can be baked into the shapes of ghosts, witches or pumpkins. Add some healthy vegetables to complete the meal.
For drinks, fill up rubber gloves that do not have the powder in them with water and freeze. Mix half fruit punch and half Sprite into a punch bowl. Cut off the rubber gloves from the frozen hand shapes. Put these in the punch bowl and it looks like there are hands coming out of the punch.
Parents do not have to go through weeks of stress over one fun filled day for the kids. By being prepared and using some of the above ideas, Halloween can be fun for mom, dad and the kids. Teach the children about safety trick or treating before the big day and serve them a healthy meal keeping with the season.