Are you ready for Halloween?

Oct 23, 2019

Halloween is just around the corner and is something that both my kiddies look forward to. The problem is we’re not always at home to enjoy it, which means that I have to be creative. So, this year I thought I’d give myself a little more time to think about it rather than cobbling something together at the last minute.

Here is my list of 5 things to do for Halloween.

  1. Carve a pumpkin

In all my life, I think I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve tried to carve a pumpkin. I’d like to think that it doesn’t take a lot of creativity to carve a simple scary face. Having said that, my efforts tend to look like someone has used a chainsaw to hack a face on a pumpkin rather than carve it.

Check out these links for some help with:

  • How to carve a pumpkin – link
  • Where to buy pumpkin carving kits – link
  • Where to buy a pumpkin – link
  1. Make Halloween decorations

I love crafting with my kiddies. It’s better if it’s simple crafting. It’s even better if it means making minimum mess! Anyway, for this year I’ve decided that paper plates are the basis for all decorations. And when I say all, I mean two each. All it takes is a little bit of paint, that’s orange and black, paper plates, string and a little imagination. Plus patients whilst watching the paint dry.

If you need some inspiration click on this link

  1. Sort out a Halloween costume

So here is the dilemma. Should I buy one or should I make one? If I’m being completely honest, I’d love to be able to make one. However, my skills would probably stretch to throwing a sheet over both of my children with holes cut for eyes. And there you have it. Ghost twins. The problem is, I don’t think my children would be impressed.

So I’m going to have to opt for buying one. It’ll either be from the local supermarket or Amazon

  1. Go trick or treating

So no Halloween would be complete without going trick or treating. All you need is a child in a Halloween outfit with a pretend cauldron to collect the sweets!

For us, I usually put a time limit on it. Otherwise, we could be walking for miles. Usually, we start at 5:30ish for about 30 minutes, which usually satisfies them. And it means we cover about half a mile, i.e. going around the block.

Now, up until a couple of years ago, I had no idea that there is actually a protocol when it comes to trick or treating. I didn’t realise that you had to put a sign outside your house to let people know that you were expecting trick or treaters. Now I know better. 

  1. Decorate the house

And finally, getting the house ready for Halloween night. I’d love to say that we go all in including dressing up but that’s simply not true. I like to keep it low key.

The most important thing is to make it obvious that you’re expecting trick or treaters. For us, that’s as simple as putting a sign, literally, out the front. But that would be a little too plain. So I also have a fake pumpkin and some other ghostly decorations that lead our visitors to the front door.

The next important thing are the treats. I tend to buy a couple of big bags of assorted sweets from the local supermarkets. Although, I have been to some houses that offer healthy options like fruit. Having said that, the one thing that you should definitely consider is allergies, so check the ingredients or have the packets close to hand.

All in all, I know my kiddies will have a fab time. They’re really not bothered by all the frills as long as the sweets are good.

That’s ‘Are you ready for Halloween?’ according to Mummy on a Break.

What are you doing for Halloween? 

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