I had an amazing weekend, Saturday I hung out with family and friends. Sunday I didn’t leave home and I was okay with it. I watched a bit of the Washington vs. Baltimore game in London. I did laundry, repaired my kitchen, downloaded a ton of pictures, did my daughters hair and a few other things. On top of that I still have a bunch of things I didn’t get to. When are they going to make the weekend three days?
A week ago we went to the Harbor Halloween event at the National Harbor in Maryland. Every year they do this festive pre-Halloween event. I started at noon on Sunday; this is the perfect time for a kid’s event. The kids Trick or Treat at the participating stores. We’ve been going for years but the word has gotten out because it was packed. I wasn’t going to wait in a long line just for a free piece of candy. After that they showed the movie Hocus Pocus on the big screen. You can bring your portable chairs or blankets and sit and watch. They also had a Doggie costume and pumpkin carving contest.
Since I made my girls costume again this year this was a great way to test it out. I needed to make some tweaks but this was a good run.
I took the top piece of the costume off and applied it to a plain white sweatshirt. This works better, I always want her costume to fit comfortably.
I had to rework the flower a bit; it was looking like a fortune cookie. I made the entire flower out of felt and I secured it with a hot glue gun. I added in a few petals and changed the petal arrangements. I finished it off with some gold puff paint around the edge of the petals.
Her costume was made on a sweat shirt. I used felt to make the bodice, the flower and the headband. I used white, yellow and green tulle for the skirt.
Tip #1: Don’t just send your children out on their own. If they are older give them a time to return home or a time to check in. I know as a teen isn’t cool to be trick or treating with your parents.
Tip #2: Make sure the costume is comfortable, a cranky kid is so fun any day but especially Halloween. Make sure they don’t have to keep pulling on it and making adjustments.
Tip #3: Check the sex registries in your area. Know who your neighbors are and any homes you need to avoid.
Tip #4: Trick or Treating can be chaotic, have a talk with your child about being safe. Practice the “I’m lost” conversation with them.
Tip #5: Put a tag on the inside of their costume with their name, address and phone number. If something happens at least the know who to contact.
Tip #6: Check the candy that is a very old school tip. Don’t allow them to eat candy that isn’t in the wrapper. Don’t YOU eat the candy that isn’t in a wrapper either.
Tip #7: Wear comfy shoes, sneakers are always a win.
Tip #8: Make sure people can see you; if your costume is dark chances are they can’t. Add a glow bracelet or necklace to your look so people can see you.
Tip #9: Don’t be afraid to dress up in a costume. The kids don’t have to have all of the fun.
Tip #10: If a home is dark with no lights on, don’t bother.