What are your plans for Halloween this year?
Yes, so sorry to bring this up when you’re so very busy. But have you made plans for Halloween this year? Did you pick up candy yet? Have you been invited out to any parties? Or is it your turn to have a party this year? Or – worse case – did the teen(s) talk you into having a party for them at the house this year? What are your parents doing? Are they going to need your help?
Nothing like nosy Nana busting your chops to make you think about this. But you only have this weekend to get ready. And now, you have to consider whether or not your parents are going to need help? HELP!
Nana Helps You Set Priorities and Plans for Halloween this Year
Oh, honey. I’ve been there. Let’s face it. What you really want is to spend Halloween on a cruise, or away at a spa, or maybe in Paris. Not going to happen. We both know that. Let’s start putting some organization into all of this. Let’s make some plans for Halloween right now.
- Put candy on the shopping list. One batch of stuff you like. Just one. All the rest – get something you really don’t like. That way you won’t be tempted to eat it before Halloween. Give that stuff out first and save that last batch you like for the end.
- Check out the children. Who is going trick or treating? Do they have costumes? That needs to be decided today. Try to get them to come up with something creative that they can get together themselves. If you still have little ones, get an older sibling to help them. Whatever they do – praise them. Rules? Body parts need to be covered. They need to be
safe to walk around the neighborhood in. Set a dollar limit on what you will spend. (That includes all the little stuff they NEED to finish off their costume.)
- Your parents. Pick up candy for them if they’re not driving. If they are – ask them to pick up candy for you while they are getting theirs. Give them definite suggestions and prices you are willing to pay. Yes – they can answer the door and hand out treats. Suggest that their house will be the last one the grandchildren trick or treat at. When you leave there, make sure they turn out the lights and lock the house up.
A Few More Plans for Halloween
- if you have only one parent, invite them to come to your house for the evening and help hand out treats. It’s more fun for all to be together and that way you don’t have to worry about your parent.
- Teen Halloween party: limit the number invited. Have the teen set up the menu and help with any cooking or preparation that needs to be done. Insist on a list of games and activities they will have ready and approve of the list. Set rules and give a time limit. After all, there is school tomorrow.
- The party you’re invited to: if the teens are having a party – you’ll have to decline.
- Children gone? Now is the time you can say yes to the invites. Splurge on a fun costume that you look great in. Be the belle of the ball, not the wicked witch of the west or someone from the Walking Dead. This way you not only look pretty/handsome/awesome – but you will feel the same way too. Need to bring something? Offer to bring paper goods, cider, or donut holes. Keep whatever you’re doing ASAP (As simple as possible).
The Pumpkins: That’s One of the Plans for Halloween
Yes. This weekend, take the family, including your parents to the pumpkin patch and get some pumpkins to carve. This is a great activity for Sunday afternoon after church. Then, if the weather is nice, put them out on the patio or a picnic table to start cleaning and carving them. If your parents aren’t able to do that any longer, give them some black magic markers to draw faces on theirs.
Plan a Sunday dinner that can cook itself while you’re all enjoying this activity. It’s a good time and time of year for a pot roast that you prepared Saturday and put in the crockpot so all you have to do is plug it in.
Topics for Discussion Amid Plans for Halloween
- This is a great time to decide where everyone is going to spend Thanksgiving. Along with that discussion is deciding what is going to be on the menu. Do you need tablecloths washed and ironed and who can do that? What about silverware that needs polishing? (Both of these are activities that your parents may be able to do for you.) Do you need to get good china out?
- How large a turkey do you need? If you’re having Thanksgiving at your house, maybe your parents could cook up a couple of breasts ahead of time for sandwiches over the weekend. That would give them extra to freeze for meals later on.
- Will family or company be coming from out of town? Where will they stay? What needs to be done before they arrive? Have invitations been extended? What extras are going to be needed? Tables? Chairs? High chairs? Cribs? Extra linens? Plans for breakfasts? Who will do shopping?
Other Topics to Discuss
- Another possible topic to discuss is the possibility of getting together on Wednesday to cut up the pumpkins and prepare them for freezing so you’ll have pumpkin all ready for pumpkin pies and other pumpkin desserts.
- Get the children involved in telling about their costumes and what they are doing to create them. Now, while your parents are with you, is a good time to discuss rules for trick or treating. With both older generations giving input, children begin to see that the rules are ones passed down from one generation to the next.
- Another topic might be a discussion on how the treats of Halloween is going to impact your parents’ diet restrictions if they have them.
Now you have Plans for Halloween
Feeling better now that all these plans for Halloween are laid out? There really aren’t as many problems to be dealt with as you thought. Sometimes it’s far better to put things down on. Time to enjoy the rest of today. One more job off your plate.
Love, Hugs, and Prayers,
“The kingdom of God is within you.”