5 Must-do's Before Halloween Night

Trick or treat safety tips, healthy Halloween dinner ideas and things to do at home on Halloween night!

Halloween seems to always sneak up on me --

Are the costumes ready? 

Do we have enough candy? 

What's the plan for trick or treating?

But you really want to be able to enjoy the night with the kids -- I mean, they'll only want to dress up and head out with Mom & Dad for a few years, right?! 

So here's a quick checklist to get you ready for fun that big night!

 

Things to do at home on Halloween night, trick or treat safety and Halloween dinner ideas!

5 Things to do Before Halloween Night

Whether it's pulling the costumes together, prepping a fun Halloween-themed dinner or coming up with alternatives plans for things to do at home, we've got you covered with these quick prep tips. affiliate links to a few of our favorite items and Halloween night activities & ideas!

 

Get the Costumes & Candy Ready Early

Don't wait until Halloween morning to find out that you're missing a mask! 

Have the kids decide what they will wear and pull everything together the weekend before Halloween.  Check for all those accessories that the kids think will make their costume awesome and have them round it all up.

If you want to give the kids a little incentive to DECIDE on a costume (you know how that goes, right?!) have a 'dress rehersal' dinner the week before :)

 

Things to do on Halloween Night

Believe me, it will be so much more enjoyable to get everyone dressed if you have it all in one spot.

By doing this, you'll quickly see if there's anything missing and will have time to make or get whatever is needed.

And be sure to dig out some warm clothes that can be worn under the costume in case of cold weather.

Bonus:  If you're attending any of the early trick-or-treat events, you'll be ready for those too!

 

Halloween Candy

Grab Those Treat Bags

You gotta have something to put the candy in, right?!

If your kids are like mine, they already have their minds set on what they want to use to collect their candy. 

Maybe it's the much-loved bag they use every year (like these adorable treat bags from Pottery Barn Kids that always go ON SALE in October!) or that cool tie-dye pillowcase they made at school. 

Whatever it is, dig it out now so you're not faced with the "But I can't go without my bag" as you walk out the door.

Don't be afraid to get creative -- the year my daughter went as Dorothy, she used a basket (with Toto) to collect candy.

Trick or treat safety tips for kids on Halloween night

Trick or Treat Safety Tips for Kids

Be sure to cover all the things excited kids need ot hear before they head out to trick or treat! 

We usually cover it at dinner the night before -- including a little 'role playing' for younger kids to help them practice.

In addition to tips for staying safe, it's also a good idea to be sure the kids have some type of light, flashlight or reflector if they'll be out after dark.  Here are a few examples along with affiliate links so you can see if they fit your needs:

 

     

Pumpkin Flashlight

Fright N Flash Light up Halloween Pumpkin Necklace with Sound

 

Things to do at home on Halloween Night - healthy dinner ideas

Plan a Healthy & Easy Halloween Dinner

You know your kids will want to snack on their treats when they get home so start them off with a healthy meal. 

Protein will help them to not feel too hungry while they're out and vegetables are a must on a night like this. 

And we always like to set a fun-themed table on Halloween night too -- candles make it a little spooky and memorable!

 

Fun Halloween Dinner

We like to make dinner fun -- this whole wheat jack o'lantern pizza was paired with a 'spooky' salad one year.

 

Fun Halloween Food

We also like to have veggie trays for easy eats while we're getting ready.  This candy-corn themed veggie tray was super easy and a big hit!

 

Fun Halloween Food

And one year we made a fun 'ghosts in the graveyard' veggie dip too (the ghosts are hard-boiled eggs with black olive garnish).

Other fun ideas for dinner --

Mummy pizza from Cooking by Moonlight

Grilled Cheese Sand-witches from Martha Stewart

Feeding Frenzy has a great Vegetable Skeleton

Halloween Stuffed Peppers or Pumpkins from Go Dairy Free

 

Things to do at Home on Halloween Night

It's always a great idea to have some back-up plans -- one year, it rained SO hard that we were home after 5 minutes. 

And when Halloween falls on a weekend, we always like to have some fun at home after trick or treats! 

Here are a few ways to enjoy some time together:

 

  • Curl up for a Halloween reading session:

         

Fancy Nancy: Halloween...or Bust!

The Berenstain Bears Happy Halloween!

Mouse's First Halloween

  • Make some hot cider or cocoa and talk about the night.

 

Happy Halloween!

~Jacquie

 

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Comments

Guest - Jackie Higgins (website) on Thursday, 25 October 2012 11:34

This is a great list. This year we are going to let both boys trick or treat in our neighborhood so it will require a little more planning. These are great tips to get me ready! I love the idea of having everything ready by this weekend.

This is a great list. This year we are going to let both boys trick or treat in our neighborhood so it will require a little more planning. These are great tips to get me ready! I love the idea of having everything ready by this weekend.
Guest - Debs (website) on Thursday, 25 October 2012 23:49

Love your halloween food! Very cool. Halloween isn't big where I live in Australia so it's been great reading and seeing how you all do it!

Love your halloween food! Very cool. Halloween isn't big where I live in Australia so it's been great reading and seeing how you all do it! :)
Guest - Clarinda (website) on Tuesday, 30 October 2012 19:34

Great ideas for a hassle-free, fun, and safe Halloween!!

Great ideas for a hassle-free, fun, and safe Halloween!!
Guest - Natalie (website) on Thursday, 17 October 2013 23:42

You are very well prepared Thanks for sharing your post with Afterschool!

You are very well prepared :) Thanks for sharing your post with Afterschool!
Guest - Anna @ The Measured Mom (website) on Saturday, 19 October 2013 00:25

Awesome ideas, Jacquie Thanks for linking up with us!

Awesome ideas, Jacquie Thanks for linking up with us!
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