When my twins were toddlers I was incredibly excited about celebrating Halloween with them. They were finally old enough to walk and we would be able to go out and explore a handful of houses on our street before retiring home to give out treats to older kids. What I wasn’t expecting was two entirely different Halloween experiences: one with a child who couldn’t wait to show off her costume to as many people as physically possible, basking over how cute everyone was telling her she was and another with a child who alternated between lying on the sidewalk refusing to move and trying to break inside the house of every place we visited (in one case making it most of the way down a hallway before he was apprehended and finally taken home). Managing exciting, sugar fueled holidays with one child is hard enough….when you have multiples….
Below are eight tips for surviving Halloween with young children (multiples or otherwise):
- Fill them up with a warm hearty meal (that they’ll actually eat) before they start filling up on candy.
- Try to meet their costume requests….get creative if you have to. It’s amazing how much you can impress a toddler with your ingenuity.
- If it’s going to rain….clear garbage bags can become excellent make-shift raincoats that ensure everyone can see their costume.
- Have extra adults on hand in case some of your children tire of Trick or Treating before others.
- Go out early…the closer it is to bed time, the more likely you are to have meltdowns.
- Be prepared for surprises. Your child(ren) may decide that there is no way that they are going to wear the costume that they picked out themselves just two days ago. Yes, it’s annoying, but it happens. The sooner you move on the better, trust me.
- Take breaks if you need to. This is not an all or nothing situation. There’s no rule that you can’t recharge for half an hour before heading back out.
- Remember to have fun, take lots of pictures and enjoy yourself!