Halloween Fun Cheat Sheet


Are you trying to stay organized this Halloween season? With so many things to do and so many places to go, it can be easy to get behind. Here’s a Halloween fun cheat sheet for busy parents.

Things to Do for Halloween

There are so many things you’ll want to do with your kids this Halloween season. Here are some of the things you won’t want to miss out on.

  • Go pumpkin picking. Once you get home, you’ll want to carve or paint their pumpkins for the holiday.
  • Take a haunted hay ride or visit a haunted house. This can be a fun experience for both you and your child!
  • Attend events at your child’s school or in the community. You won’t want to miss out on costume contestants, fall festivals or other events that are being held locally!
  • Go trick-or-treating! This is guaranteed to be your child’s favorite part of the Halloween season!
  • Host a Halloween party or attend one. If you don’t want to take your kid trick-or-treating, you might consider hosting a Halloween party or attending a friend’s instead. Be sure to hold it before or after Halloween so that more people are likely to attend.

Things You’ll Need for Trick-or-Treating 

A number of factors will determine what you’ll need for Halloween. Here are a few things you won’t want to miss out on:

  • A costume. Find out early on what your child wants to be for Halloween. You don’t want to go shopping for a costume the night before when everything is sold out. Even if your child decides on a DIY Halloween costume, you still might need to buy things like costume makeup or accessories.
  • A bucket for trick-or-treating. You’ll want to make sure that your child has something to put their candy in when you go trick-or-treating. You might buy a pumpkin-shaped bucket ahead of time. If you’re looking for a cheap DIY option, consider using a pillowcase.
  • Flashlights and reflectors. If you’re going to be in a dark area where there aren’t street lamps, you’ll want to make sure you pack flashlights so that you’ll be able to see. You’ll also want to make sure your children wear reflectors so that drivers can see them.
  • If you plan to have someone hand candy out at home, you’ll want to buy enough candy for your neighborhood kids. Shop early so that there’s a good selection or so that you can look for sales or coupons.

Budgeting for Halloween

How much will costumes cost? According to Time.com, the average cost of a Halloween costume in 2016 was $82.93. If you have more than one kid, that can really add up!

Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to save money on Halloween this year. Here are some things to consider:

  • Start shopping as early as possible. If you can buy your kid’s costume towards the end of summer, you’ll be likely to find major discounts. If you can, buy costumes after Halloween ends for next year (but be sure to buy a size up so your kid will be able to fit into next year’s costume).
  • Consider a DIY Halloween costume. If you can make the most out of clothing, accessories or cardboard you already have laying around your house, why not do it? You can save bundles on Halloween costumes this way.
  • Shop at non-party stores for costumes. Instead of spending loads of money on a unicorn horn at Party City, consider checking Five Below or Target. You’ll be more likely to find cheaper items.

These are just some things to keep in mind this Halloween season!