By D. Lanier Shook October 30, 2013
Halloween is a big deal. It can be stressful if you don’t have children and if you do there’s even more stress. So here are a few last minute tips to reduce your stress level.
1. Limit Yourself
If you — or your kids — try to make it to every event, or go to every neighborhood, or have the perfect costume you will go nuts. (And probably end up eating all their candy — or wanting to.) So set limits for you and/or your family. Even though the kids may not appreciate the limits right now later they’ll learn that life has limits.
2. Create Your Own “Haunted House”
It doesn’t take much to create a spooky atmosphere, so just take a hallway —or some other space— and go wild. Grab Halloween decorations and take it to whatever limit your family is comfortable with. You and yours won’t have to go out to have a great, spooky time. And your kids will probably be the only ones at school with their own private haunted house.
3. Throw A Halloween Film Festival
Grab some movies, grab some candy, grab some popcorn, grab some friends, and have so much fun its scary. Whether you choose old favorites or new releases you’re sure to be a hit. Remember, holidays are about the memories and experiences, not how much we spend or how much candy we get.
4. Visit a Mall or a Downtown Association
Wherever you live there’s probably some merchant’s association giving out candy and other treats to kids. You can take advantage of the parking that’s already there and walk from store to store. Its a great way for the kids (or you) to show off their costumes while having so much fun its scary.
5. Plan for Next Year
Right now pick up a note book or open a word processing document and write down the lessons you learned from this year. Remind yourself of what doesn’t work (this color of hair dye breaks you out or this costume drives your pets nuts) and what you’d like to do that you didn’t get a chance to. Then put it on a bookshelf where you can find it next year. This is a great way to save stress. After all, it’s not like you’ll never do it, you’ll just do it next year.