How to Survive a Night of Trick-or-Treating

Tips for a fun and stress-free evening of Halloween revelry

photo: Lucian Vasille

 

Halloween is loads of fun, but can also be a lot to handle. To make your evening more treat than trick, we asked lifestyle and design expert Lisa Canning, a mom of six, to share her top tips for making Halloween evening go smoothly.

FUEL YOUR KIDS BEFORE THEY GO OUT

My children are essentially ready to hit the first house as soon as they are home from school, but I insist they eat a full, wholesome dinner, before heading out. This will give them stamina for the walk, as well as hopefully curb some of the sugar that will inevitably be consumed so close to bedtime! This year I will be making personal pizzas in the shape of ghosts, with orange peppers cut to look like cute jack-o-lanterns.

YOUR STROLLER IS YOUR BEST FRIEND

I can’t tell you, in eight years of doing Halloween with my kids, how often I am left holding the candy bags, coats because kids are too hot, and eventually kids too because they are too tired to walk. I love my multi-purpose stroller, the Bugaboo Donkey2, which can carry lots of the load in the big under seat basket, as well as conveniently store water bottles and costume accessories in its side luggage basket. And of course, this stroller is so helpful for little ones whose legs are too tired to keep up with their older siblings.

MAKE YOURSELF A TREAT, TOO

I find coming home from Trick or Treating the hardest part: The kids are hyper, they don’t want to go to bed, and they’re often tired and cold from the evening’s adventure. So plan ahead, with warm milk for the kids upon arrival—and a glass of wine, tea or hot chocolate ready for you!

SAY HI TO YOUR NEIGHBOURS 

Halloween is a great time to connect with people in the neighbourhood you may have not had the chance to meet yet. Take a moment to say hi, and introduce yourself and your kids where you feel it’s appropriate to do so. You never know the new friendships you might make on this holiday!

DIVIDE AND CONQUER

With children of different ages, my husband and I find it easier to split up according to age about halfway through the evening. We make it a fun, shared experience in the beginning, and then when our small kids are too tired and cold, one of us will take them home, and the other will accompany the big kids as they continue on their own adventure.

CANDY BINGO

Inspecting and sorting through candy has sometimes caused a bit of contention in my house. To keep the excitement up as you rifle through the bags, come up with a simple candy bingo card. Every time your kids find a bag of chips, chocolate bar, candy, etc. they get to make a mark and try to fill their entire card.

 

Learn more about Lisa Canning and her family adventures at lisacanning.ca, and on Instagram @lisacanning.

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