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What to Do on a Rainy Halloween Night

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Tips and Ideas on What to Do If Halloween Night is Washed Out

Costumes have been carefully checked, flashlights and trick or treat bags are in hand. And then it starts to rain. What can you do and where can you go if plans change last minute? Here are some helpful hints:

Check the Weather Early…

The first is to check the local weather report as early on in the day as possible. That way if it ends up raining or even snowing as it may in some areas that time of year you are already prepared and can start planning alternative activities. It’s no fun for kids, (or you!) to be surprised by bad weather on Halloween night, so plan ahead early. You might find the weather will only be a quick brush by storm, or won’t hit until later on in the night, leaving you plenty of time earlier on in the evening to trick or treat.

Arm Yourself With Alternatives…

If you find the weather may be sour, grab your local newspaper, watch your local news, or head to your Internet. Any of these places will list activities going on in your area and most will almost always advertise community trick or treating events. You can find public trick or treating at your local mall. Some neighborhoods offer trunk or treating–a gathering of neighbors with younger children at a designated place. Often the gatherings will be held at a nearby park, school, church, or community center. You then park your car and kids are allowed to safely walk around in a designated area collecting treats. And if the weather changes, you are able to move the festivities inside. Local nursing homes often times have trick or treating. Some hospitals offer safe trick or treating at their facilities. Many of these places will offer limited trick or treating times so you will want to check it out ahead of time so you don’t get stuck searching on Halloween night should your plans change. And be sure to keep a list of two or three places you may want to go to. Depending on the severity of the weather, places like the mall can get overwhelmed by the larger crowds and run out of candy quickly.

Change the Costume…

One Halloween the weather changed, and my dad instead of letting me walk around the neighborhood like a berry with balloons attached turned me into a waterproof trashcan. Garbage bag attached, and bits of trash stuck to me, I was a riot to watch as every cat in the neighborhood followed me around because Dad had gone overboard and attached a tuna can. If it’s lightly drizzling, or off and on rain and your thinking of braving the elements, consider changing the costume up a little bit to accommodate the weather. A red hooded rain poncho and picnic basket to collect treats can quickly become Little Red Riding Hood. A brightly colored raincoat, rain boots, hat and colored umbrella can be a hit from Singing in the Rain.

Pick the Houses You Want to Hit…

If there are friends or neighbors your children will be absolutely devastated if they don’t visit, consider sitting your kids down and having them pick a couple of houses they really want to go to. Map out the houses, and head out to the car. You can do a curbside pull up, letting your children run up and back to the houses you have chosen to trick or treat at.

Swap the Spirit of Halloween…

One Halloween the weather was absolutely horrible. No one wanted to be out. Bags of candy were still full for trick or treaters and costumes lay haphazardly strewn on the floor. When all of a sudden the doorbell rang and to our surprise on the doorstep sat a plate of cookies. On the note read, “We know this night is usually for getting, but tonight we changed it to a night of giving…Happy Halloween!” You could make cookies, bread, or any other treat and pick several houses to give away treats too. The kids will become preoccupied with cookie decorating and having fun plotting who they will give their treats too. It can turn out to be a fun family evening and one that teaches a fun lesson in giving too!

Change Nights…

Sounds hard, but it’s really not if the parents in your area band together to change Halloween night. Start calling neighbors early Halloween night, put up yard signs and neighborhood signs to let people know that Halloween night has been moved. Your sign could read, “Do to miserable weather, the ghosts and goblins decided to stay in and will be out haunting tomorrow! While your group of trick or treaters who come to your door may not be as big as it would have been the actual Halloween night, you will still get a pretty decent group of houses to participate, and some who will try even harder to help make it a special night for kids who were disappointed the night before. You can also change it to become a trunk or treat–meeting at a designated location and allowing kids to dressup and trick or treat safely in one area instead of going around to houses in the neighborhood. You can organize some games or have some hot apple cider on hand to keep people visiting longer.

Head to the Movies…

Since a night spent trick or treating has gone down the drain and you’ve now got hours ahead of you, consider heading to the video store or local Red Box. Or, make it even funner by going to a movie at the theater or local discount theater. If going out, be sure to try to buy your tickets ahead of time on line. Movies are very popular rainy Halloween nights, especially the family ones! If you choose to stay in, pop some popcorn, make some Halloween cookies, or enjoy your Halloween treats you were going to give away. Turn off the lights and enjoy a fun night together as a family.

Last Minute Party…

To make a boring rainy night funner invite a few kids, their parents, their Halloween treats and any other sweets they may have on hand. Host an impromptu Ultimate Dessert Night. This will help kids and their parents enjoy some fun together. Have each family make an ultimate ice cream, brownie, or whatever dessert you have on hand. Pile on Halloween candy and other toppings and sweets on hand to create a masterpiece dessert. Have the moms or those without children act as judges. Have the judges pick the winner. Losers have to eat the winners creation! You can also break up the groups into children versus adults, boys against girls, etc. This is a great way to get rid of candy that will be unused or overeaten.

While the hope is that Halloween is mild weathered and fun, be safe and enjoy yourself whether you choose to stay in or head out to the streets.

 

 

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