The kids have been looking forward to Halloween for months and their night is finally here. Make the most of the evening by planning a play-by-play.
Set a schedule for the healthy after-school snack, trick-or-treating trip, bedtime routine and everything in between. You can make it official by writing it up on a chalkboard or notepad or just keep the general timeline in mind as you enjoy your Halloween Eve./p>
- First things first—that after-school snack. Fresh veggies and hummus keep good nutrition front and center. Other options include pear slices and cheese cubes or yogurt sprinkled with a bit of granola.
- Encourage your kids to get any homework out of the way, so they can enjoy their evening without school work hanging over their heads.
- Be sure the costumes are ready to go before sitting down to supper. Enjoy a fun Halloween-themed meal, using orange and black dinnerware (paper plates are fine tonight!) and napkins. Sprinkle orange and black confetti over the table if you don’t mind the clean-up.
- Costume time! Face paint goes on now, along with that costume. Locate any glow sticks they’ll be carrying or double check the batteries if they are using a flashlight.
- Younger kids will want to start trick-or-treating immediately after supper. Older kids can hand out candy until they head out themselves. When you’re buying candy, consider also purchasing pet treats for any four-legged friends that venture out with their trick-or-treating companions.
- Get the kids home an hour or so before bedtime so they have time to sort through, trade and organize their candy. Offering a snack of popcorn, apple slices or another healthy option may help keep candy-munching to a minimum.
- With all of the excitement in the air, the nighttime routine might take a bit longer than usual. Make sure the kids scrub off any face paint and brush those teeth well before climbing into bed and heading off to Halloween dreamland!