This year Halloween falls on a Monday. Our Borough usually celebrates on the exact day so I will be rushing home from work to help with costumes, and filling bowls with candy.
This week will be the busiest in the planning stage, so let’s get started.
1. Begin thinking about what Halloween events you will be attending this year. Mark them on your calendar. We always go pumpkin picking and to Zoo Boo. K and friends always attend TheZombie Fest (note to self: where will it be held this year?). And of course, there is our Halloween Party and Trick or Treating. Fill up that calendar for fun things to do.
2. If you are hosting a Halloween Party:
Choose your time and date: Pick your date far enough in advance so that invites can be mailed at least two weeks before the party.
Write out the Guest List: Once you have your guest list written, decide if you are making or purchasing the invites. If making, gather your supplies and get busy. It’s good practice to send these out at least two weeks in advance.
Pick a Theme: This party is actually hosted by my (now) 18 year old Granddaughter, Kayla. I just provide the cash flow and help with the cooking and cleaning. This year’s theme will probably be the same as the last – a mix match of everything.
Make the Menu: Now’s a good time to decide on what you will serve so that you can begin picking up ingredients and maybe even cooking and freezing a few of the dishes . I personally love reading cookbooks and writing out menus. However, Kayla is hosting this little shindig, so we will be collaborating. I’ll choose the “real” food menu and she will choose all the gory edibles.
The Decoration List: Making or buying decorations? Go down to the basement or up to the attic, pull out those boxes, throw away the torn or broken (or mend them), choose those items that match your decorating theme. Make a list of what you have, what you may need to buy or what you will make.
Let’s Play: Will you play games, tell spooky stories, have a coloring contest?? We do two things every year. Bob for apples and have a doughnut eating contest. The doughnuts (sugar and/or frosted – messy is more fun), are tied to crochet thread and hung at different lengths from the ceiling. The players MUST keep their hands behind their backs as they try to eat these swinging doughnuts. The first person to eat all theirs is the winner. OMGosh! Talk about fun to watch!!!
The Treat Bags: Everyone loves a goodie. Visit the Dollar Store, Walmart and/or Target One Dollar Stop for Halloween themed favors. Tie them up in a treat bag or box.
3. The Housecleaning (no escaping that even if you dress as Houdini): Spend the first two weeks cleaning the bedrooms, the front and back porches (don’t forget to wipe down windows) and the yard(s) (we’ll be raking). This is a good time to winterize the porches and get the yards ready for the winter storms to come.
Now, get started!