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How to Trick-or-Treat with Toddlers: A Survival Guide

How to Trick-or-Treat with Toddlers: A Survival GuideA Fall Tradition

If you’re like me, you feel that fall brings out all the best things. Spiced coffee drinks, twinkly orange lights, and candles that smell like candy goodness. Fall allows a great transition into the true holiday season, and the perks aren’t too bad either.  One of the major traditions for fall is trick-or-treating.

We dress our kids up in perfect handmade costumes (wink, wink), and venture out (usually in the rain, because, of course) in an attempt for a great photo and some lifelong memories!  Let’s speak the truth, though, friends – we have toddlers, and nothing goes as planned unless we have a survival guide. I know that nobody’s got time for that, so I did it for you! Here are my tips and tricks to manage trick-or-treating with a  toddler in order to have some fun. 

1. Go to one street.

One of the beauties of toddlerhood? Innocence (and ignorance, for that matter) is bliss! They have no idea that there are 100’s of other houses on more streets, and literally pounds of candy that they are missing out on. Pick one street and hit it hard. Pick a place that has a lot of participation, easy parking, and is close to your house. This makes YOUR life a lot easier.  

2. Dinner = Crock-pot meal.

There is nothing more magical than crock-pot meals, especially on busy days. Once you’ve hit the street and your kids are on the verge of a Stage 5 meltdown, it’s time to call it a night. Now you might think, “No problem, let’s grab a quick meal on the way home”. NOOOO! Let me save you from misery. After trick-or-treating, go home, get in your pajamas, and serve your family a dinner that’s already made. After dinner, put them to sleep. Then, you are going to eat all the candy that you THINK your kids will hate. This is entirely at your discretion, so carry on sister.  

3. Trick-or-Treating at 5:30 p.m. is not too early.

And don’t let anyone tell you it is! For you to be able to follow step two, you must get home at a reasonable time. There is no way you’re starting this journey close to bedtime. You may have been born at night, but not last night. No, no, no. Toddlers will be ready at 5:30 p.m. to start knocking on those doors and making everyone googly-eyed with cuteness overload. So you do you (at 5:30 p.m.) and have no shame in your game! 

4. Pack snacks for you.

Believe me when I tell you that you will be starving after constantly reminding your kids to have good manners and making sure they don’t get hit by a car. Simply typing that sentence makes me hungry. So you’re going to pack all the snacks for yourself in order to be prepared for the inevitable hunger. Snacks, snacks, and more snacks make the world go round!

5. Go with a group of families.

It’s nice to have a few families to walk, talk, and snack with. If they have young kids, you’ll be out at the same time and have the same expectations for the evening. So, grab a few families and embark on making those memories together. Please note that to-go wine is never frowned upon, and is absolutely encouraged. And the ultimate accomplishment? If they have a house on (or near) the trick-or-treating street,  you’ve basically won the Halloween jackpot! NEVER stop being their friend.

There it is fellow mamas. A survival guide to make it through trick-or-treating with your toddlers.  Tell me your tips and tricks for a successful night of trick-or-treating in the comments.How to Trick-or-Treat with Toddlers: A Survival Guide


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