Are you ready for Halloween, or are you struggling trying to work out what you still need to do? The first advice I would give is to stop, stop what you are doing and plan to get organized for Halloween. It is about creating a list of all the tasks that you need to complete, this enables you to focus on one item at a time, you can even delegate different jobs to different family members to help you complete all the tasks on time.
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Make A List
Starting with a list is key to organization, the best way is to break down each item completely; it gives exact jobs for everyone to complete and will give you a sense of accomplishment as each jobs crossed off the list. You could break down your list like this:
- Get decorations out of loft
- Mark a date in your calendar when you can make time to put these up
- Agree with family the decoration you will make together
- Purchase or pull together the items needed make sure when deciding if you need to purchase items, they come from the Halloween budget
- Mark a date in your calendar when you can make these together
- If you plan to purchase new decorations ensure you know what items to get, the shop to go to and the amount of money you have set aside for the expenditure
Breaking your list down will give you more of a sense of accomplishment as you complete each item and a detailed list of what you need to do making the holiday a lot less stressful and more enjoyable.
Knowing what you need to do and how and when the task is happening will mean a lot less stress all around.
Halloween Parties And Costumes
If you intend to go to a Halloween party or hold one of your own, it just takes time to organize the event and the jobs that need completing; once you learn what you need to do the party and the costumes will come together relatively easily.
Discuss with your family ideas for the costumes that you can all wear, sometimes the best costumes are from ideas generated together because you are joining different ideas together.
If you are putting together some Halloween food, it is a great time to get even the most reluctant cook into the kitchen to help create some Halloween treats. From simple decoration using icing to elaborate cake decorations, anything is possible at Halloween.
Getting Ready For Trick Or Treaters
If you are welcoming trick or treaters at your door, it is important that you are ready. You can tackle this a number of ways, the traditional bowl of sweets is still a great way to enjoy the festivities without doing too much, the price of the multi packs of sweets are coming down in time before the fun begins.
Creating little party bags is becoming a popular option for each child that knocks at your door. You can choose to fill these with sweets or even a toy but this is difficult unless you know the ages of the children visiting.
What is not acceptable is giving children home-baked goods, with allergies and the potential of adding food colourants and other items, including trying to harm children is not unheard of and parents are vigilant that any home-baked goods in trick or treat bags is often thrown away.
Getting Ready For Halloween
If you are planning to dress up along with your children, it is a good idea for them to see the transformation especially if you are wearing makeup, including fake blood or other Halloween effects. Children, especially little ones, often get scared by their own parent’s transformation, this can make the process difficult to understand and enjoy; if you have traumatized your own children it may put an end to any Halloween activities you might have planned.
Therefore, if you are celebrating Halloween the key to the success of the holiday is to plan. Planning is the only way that you can ensure that all the tasks happen on time and you are not left rushing around at the last-minute trying to pull costumes together or even a few Halloween treats for your friends and family. There is nothing worse than remembering a few hours before trick or treaters arrive on your doorstep that you have nothing prepared.
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