I plan to do a few Halloween posts next week where we can share pictures and videos – probably pictures one day and videos another day.
But for today, let’s talk about what our kids are going to be, and talk about ways to keep them safe.
Safety is first here – we aren’t using masks, just makeup. Also, both girls have glow in the dark bracelets and a necklace, just to make sure they are seen at night.
They will do the Trick or Treat thing, but we’ll only go to houses where we know the people. That means our neighbors and my parents’ neighbors.
And my strategy for getting rid of candy is to let them gorge themselves until it is gone. I’ve tried the “two pieces a day” thing as well as the “eat as much as you want, you don’t have to ask” approach, and the latter approach seems to work much better for our family. So, they are allowed to pig out on candy, after they’ve eaten a meal, for several days after Halloween. On school nights there is a shorter time limit, but on weekends once they’ve eaten breakfast they can have as much candy as they want until about an hour and a half before time for dinner. We don’t normally have candy in the house, so this is a special time. But, I think that this also keeps candy from being something that is forbidden. It’s something we don’t do much of, but when it’s around, they can eat until they don’t want anymore. And I’m happy to say that they usually stop before they make themselves sick. Since I don’t stop them, they know it is their responsibility to stop eating before their tummy hurts, and after overindulging to the point of a tummy ache once or twice, now they are good at stopping before they make themselves sick. Without being reminded. Self moderation over imposed moderation – that’s good, right?
This year the girls have talked me into dressing up with them. They tried to talk RK into it, but as of now he’s saying he isn’t going to. I bought him some vampire teeth and a vampire cape though, just in case he changes his mind. I can do some makeup to make him look realistic if he decides to. I’ve also offered a little incentive, if he will indulge my fantasy a bit.
The girls are also going to dress the dog up, with an outfit they created out of stuff we already had. He’s going to be a fairy-dog. With wings. He’s a big macho dog, not a little cute dog. It’s one of those costumes that is so ridiculous it’s cute.
GlitterGirl has chosen a kind of glamorous outfit, and I’m going to allow her to wear eye makeup and blush (the lipstick is too much, we tried it and I said “no”). I’m going for the elegant supermodel look, not the hussy look, and after a bit of research on techniques for applying eye makeup on Asian eyes, I’m pleased with the results. This outfit would not have been my choice, but it’s hers and I’m going to go with it.
TwinkleToes is going to be all Glittered up this year, so she’s not going to be left out in the makeup department, but hers is going to be cute, not glamorous.
I have a few questions for you, if you’d like to answer them in the comments.
First, do you have any safety tips I didn’t cover here? We’ll be with both girls the entire time. We’ll only visit houses where we know the people. They are wearing makeup, not masks. And they have glow-in-the-dark bracelets and necklaces just to make sure they can be seen in the dark.
Second, how do you handle the “eating of the candy”. Are you a family that doles out a set amount each day, or a “just eat it all so it will be gone as quickly as possible” family. Whichever you are, why do you feel that is the better decision for your family? I don’t think there is a right and wrong way here – just different choices for different families.