I wanted to post about Halloween and simplicity. ….really any holiday and simplicity. I think holidays are great, but they have turned into such a stressful and materialistic mess. Halloween is hard for me too because I have mixed feelings about the holiday.
I am all about people facing their fears, but I don’t understand the need to create fear. I can kind of understand the people that go ‘all out’ for Christmas, but the people that go ‘all out’ for Halloween kinda creep me out.
So how can this holiday be simple and fun?
Because this is the beginning of holiday season (followed by Christmas everywhere and Thanksgiving and Christmas here in the US) this holiday shouldn’t start breaking the budget… there is still so far to go. But there are lots of great ways to enjoy without spending a mint or getting stressed out.
Search the toy box for costume
I think there was only one year so far that I purchased costumes (and it was at a consignment sale in the fall). All other time we have used costumes they already had in the toy box. I also hate the price they charge for the quality you get. Flimsy, thin material and cheap plastic. …that being said, the week after Halloween is a great time to get dress-up cloths for 75%- 90% off. Dress-up cloths are great if they are pretty generic, good quality, and allow the kids to act out their imagination.
Dress like mommy or daddy (or what they want to be when they grow up)
I love this idea. Borrow a tool belt or a stethoscope and learn hands-on about a career. This might work better for little kids. I think my son would look so cute dressed up in a button up shirt with a stethoscope and a little prescription pad or a file folder ‘chart’. 🙂
Find a cute candy bowl
For giving or collecting I found this cool article on Goodwills website. I hate those little plastic pumpkins. They are ugly, expensive, and just take up space being stored all year. They have some neat ideas in the article.
Maybe not cheaper… but I just hate cheap candy and the huge bags of it that come from the store just sit around as a temptation in the house. For the benefit of the kids coming around and the extra’s laying around the house find something good …like dark chocolate. 🙂
Whatever you do, do it as a family. If Halloween is nothing more than an excuse to spend the evening as a family doing something fun than it is an asset to your life.
Meet the neighbors
A friend recently pointed out that Halloween was the best time of the year to meet the neighbors. When else can you go from door to door and introduce yourself without it being awkward? Or have them come to your place? Make the most of it 🙂
Collect Cans for the Foodbank
I did this as a kid and my kids have done it twice and have loved it. What we did was deliver little notes introducing ourselves and telling people we would be collecting for the foodbank on Halloween night. People are home, expecting you to come by, and with the note many even have food ready by the door.
It is so cool to see kids just as excited about counting cans and boxes as they are counting candy.
Do you have any other ideas? (if you are reading RSS join us in the comments)
Like I said, I haven’t figured out this Halloween thing but I wanted to share some of my ideas. Just like every holiday, less stuff and more family is what memories are made of. As far as our family this Halloween? We will be on the road somewhere… if we get out trick-or-treating we will probably be dressed as campers… who haven’t showered in days… and have been stick in a small car with each other for weeks 🙂
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