How to Survive Halloween with a Toddler and Baby

Halloween can be lots of fun for children of all ages and parents too. However, Halloween can also be scary for young children and a stressful time for some parents. Making sure you have the right costume, what treats to hand out, deciding who is going to take the kids trick-or-treating and who will stay home can make for a not-so-fun night for everyone.  Here are a few tips on surviving Halloween with small children:

How to Survive Halloween with a Toddler and a Baby

1. Prepare costume 1-2 days ahead. Test out your child’s costume a few days (or weeks) before to make sure it fits and they are comfortable in it. The last thing you need is a melt down about the costume. We have two costumes just in case its super cold outside or too warm at a house party.

2. Parents leave work early. If you can leave work and pick up your children early, do so. Even an extra 30-60 minutes can make the rest of your evening a little smoother. If you boss won’t allow you to leave, see if they will let you work an extra hour the day before or use up overtime hours to leave early.

3. Easy family dinner. Have your families’ favourite meal on Halloween. Whether it’s pizza, home-made mac n’ cheese, soup and sandwiches or something else. If it’s easy to make hopefully everyone will eat it and not fill up on too much candy later in the evening.

4. Dress up too but keep it simple….you’ve got a toddler and baby to focus on.

5. Talk about the night the day before and at breakfast. Remind them they will get dressed up, go outside to their neighbour’s houses, get candy (and say Thank you!), then return home.

6. Skip the bath! Again, just keep the night simple and don’t worry if you miss the bath for one night. A “wash cloth” bath can get them through one night just fine.

7. Set expectations around their candy. They may want to eat it all and that’s up to you if they can. Make sure you don’t eat too much of their candy.

8. Bring a “treat” to your child’s favourite neighbour. They won’t be expecting to receive anything and it gives your toddler a chance to surprise them!

9. Shut down for the night. You can either turn all your lights out and hope no one rings your door bell or leave a bowl of candy outside for late trick-or-treaters. This can avoid waking your little ones when they finally get to sleep.

10. Share your fun! Email, Facebook and Tweet to your family and friends fun pictures of your little ones! They are only little once.

Happy Halloween!

What are your “tricks” to a successful Halloween night with young children?

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Don’t tell Mom…

…Or Lilly, but I’ve taken over the blog this morning! Shhhhh!!!

Mom wasn’t looking so I thought I’d tell MY story on here. People think babies just sleep all day … zzzzzzzzz….. oh sorry, I fell asleep writing this. But really, they think we sleep all day.

We. Don’t.

This is what I was up to the other day…..

After my morning nap I need to wake up a little by stretching my legs with a little walk and then some crawl around. I happened to find Lilly’s shoes, so I played with them…I mean, if a girls going to leave her shoes in the hallway it’s fair game. Then I put them away for her. I’m such a GOOD little sister.

What I do all day 1

Next I play with Lilly’s toys…SO.MUCH.FUN!!!!

BUT don’t tell her.

What I do all day 2

Then I get into all kinds of trouble….well, that’s what Mom would say.

I do laundry.

Read my books.

Do laps in the hallway.

Then it’s lunch.

What I do all day 3

After lunch I thought it would be nice to take Maclean for a walk….but she just wasn’t interested.

Who doesn’t want to go for an afternoon walk?

What I do all day 4

Then I got L-A-Z-Y.  I thought it would be fun to just lay on the ground for no reason and make no sounds….it kind of freaked mom out!

And I lost my shoe….

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After I got lazy I decided my afternoon nap wasn’t necessary. Jokes on you Mommy, xoxo

Some how I convinced Mommy to take me AND Maclean for a run. I KNOW! Awesome, eh! Man, I got Mommy wrapped around my little finger. I think she loves me…she’s always kissing me, making me laugh and takes me running WITH her.

What I do all day 5

Zzzzzzzzzz,…… Oh sorry, I fell asleep again. That’s how I spend most of my days….at least for the next month or so. Then Mommy’s going back to this place called “work”. I don’t know what it is but Mommy seems to like it and she told me that I get to play with all kinds of new toys at the sitter’s house with Lilly. The verdict is still out on that one 😉

Well, now that my day is done we have to go pick up Lilly. I just hope I put all her toy’s away in the right spot.

xo Hilary

PS – Don’t tell Mommy on me 🙂

Do you play with your sister’s/brother’s toys when they are not home?

Do you do all the laundry and clean up after everyone like me?