Get tips for making the most out of Halloween night, and grab a printable Halloween take one sign with poem while you’re at it.
Plus, find out why it’s so important to go trick-or-treating as a family, even when you’re just so tired you want to zone out and enjoy a scary movie.
But who’s going to hand out the candy?~Me, tired from a day of work and after-school chaos.
Who could have predicted that this would become a heated discussion? My husband wanted to take everyone trick-or-treating together. I wasn’t sure about leaving the house unattended on Halloween night.
The thing is, we have three kids – the youngest of which is quite the wild one. And taking all three of them by yourself can be more than a bit daunting. So I understand why he wanted me with him.
But what really won me over was being able to enjoy seeing our kids have fun on Halloween night. And, as it turns out, going out together as a family was one of the best decisions we could make.
Reasons to Leave the House and Trick-or-Treat as a Family
Life with 3 young kids gets busy fast.
Between work, extracurricular activities, and general home care, we’re exhausted before we even get to sit down and chat at the end of the day. So, while this kids focus on running door to door, we get an extra hour or so just to talk and reconnect.
That alone is so worth it.
You can actually see your children enjoying Halloween night.
Hearing the stories about the house with the best decorations or the house that passes out full sized ice cream bars isn’t really the same as being there to experience it.
When you go out together, you can actually enjoy watching your children flit from house to house and ooh and ahh over the other kids’ costumes.
You can be there to make sure the kids are safe.
Even if you live in a neighborhood that’s known for its safety, it never hurts to have an extra pair of eyes making sure everyone stays together.
More Photos of your precious littles
A ratio of three kids to one parent means that there are few opportunities to take pictures. With both of us there, we get at least a few pictures…even if they are blurry!
(Seriously…do you notice how the little one is absent from most of these pictures? We do take photos of him, I promise!)
It Will Be Over Before You Know It
Trick-or-treating with parents is one of the first traditions kids stop.
Our oldest is already asking to go out with her friends instead of us, so we know there aren’t many more years to build these memories together.
Take the Stress Out of Halloween Night
Confession: One of the reasons I liked to stay at home on Halloween is because it gave me a little bit off quiet time. (And maybe a few minutes to get the house picked up and sling a few emails)
Basically, it was prime time to de-stress.
But with all the benefits of actually spending time together, I figured out a few things to make life a little easier:
Make a simple dinner and serve it early
Yes, we make the kids eat dinner before leaving to go trick-or-treating.
And the best way to make sure you’re successfful is to make a meal that’s easy to prepare and easy to clean up.
No, we don’t do pizza delivery. Because who knows how long the delivery will take?
Instead, we enjoy make-ahead mummy hot dogs with fresh clementine pumpkins and veggies. The kids love it, and I feel like there’s at least a smidge of nutrition.
Pick up the house before you leave
While the kids are eating, I’ll quickly pick up any stray toys and wash whatever dishes are left.
Sometimes we also cheat and use disposables to serve dinner. This way, there’s very little to do when we all get back.
Pack an Adult Beverage
One of the best parts about wandering around is that we pack a few fun parents-only Halloween cocktails. Though, sometimes we do make share some kid-friendly Halloween drinks as well.
Free Printable Halloween Take One Sign for Trick-or-Treaters
But back to the trick-or-treaters that come to our doorsteps. They deserve a fun greeting, even if we’re not there to give it to them.
So I pulled together this cute little Halloween sign that you can put up with your candy bowl to say a quick hello-and to remind them to take one candy-while you are out making memories with your kids.
Pro Tip: Print the sign on white cardstock and tape a paper straw to the back so it can stand up in your candy bowl.
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Now, It’s Your Turn
Don’t stress over who’s going to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters this year. Download your free printable Halloween take one sign and head out as a family to make memories that will last a lifetime.
Roseann Hampton says
What a clever idea! I could have used this as a single parent when my children were young! Thanks for sharing at The Blogger’s Pit Stop! Roseann from http://www.thisautoimmunelife.com
FLORENCE @ VintageSouthernPicks says
What a great idea Leslie! I like your reasoning to go with the family and not miss those memories! The idea of leaving candy out is a good one too.
Jennifer Wise says
LOVE this printable!! Pinning! 🙂
Jann Olson says
Great sign! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.