Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Countdown to Halloween

There are 16 days left until Halloween. Are you prepared? Here are some things to think about to get ready for the spooky day.

Decorations

Gather all your Halloween or Fall decorations. Sort through the items and get rid of any broken pieces. If there are decorations that you aren’t displaying, pass them on or donate them. Now is a great time to weed through your decorations.

It’s always a good idea to do some de-cluttering before putting up the decorations. Here are some past De-cluttering Ideas.

When the season has passed, store your Halloween and Fall decorations together in labeled bins. You might also have your Thanksgiving decorations in the same containers so you can pull those out as you are putting your Halloween themed d├ęcor away.

Costumes
Has everyone in your family chosen their costume? Are there items that need to be made or purchased? If you are making the costumes, be sure to give yourself enough time so that you are not sewing on tails as your little creatures are running out the door. You might even want to put a reminder on your calendar for next year to allow time for costume making so you don’t feel rushed.

Treats
What about treats? Will you be handing out candy to the neighborhood goblins? What about small prizes in place of sweet treats, such as pencils, crayon, plastic bugs, etc? Are you contributing to your children’s classroom party? Will you be hosting a scary gathering of your own? What ghostly goodies do you plan to make?

Shopping

If a shopping trip is in order, be sure to make a master list. Make note of the items and the store where they might be located. If your family really loves to celebrate Halloween, it’s also not a bad idea to consider making a budget. It’s so easy to get carried away at the store when you see all the fun stuff but the extras add up fast. Here’s a Simple Halloween Shopping List to help keep it all organized.

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4 comments:

Creative Junkie said...

I'm a bad mom ... I don't even decorate for Halloween. It's all I can manage to get the kids' costumes ready and the candy purchased and the pumpkins carved.

But if I were organized ... I think having colored rubbermaid containers for every holiday is a good idea - that way, you don't have to dig around too much in your basement when the holiday rolls around.

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Heather Kephart said...

Oh no! I haven't done any of this yet and it's getting close. THANKS for the reminder, Paula!

Lelah Baker-Rabe said...

Terrific reminders! I linked to this post on my blog today: http://lelahwithanh.blogspot.com/2009/10/organizers-blog-digest-halloween.html Have a great Halloween!

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