It’s that time of the year again. The leaves are, fittingly, shades of orange and the cool air sends chills, literally, down your spine.

It’s that time of the year again. The leaves are, fittingly, shades of orange and the cool air sends chills, literally, down your spine. The month of October and Halloween are almost synonymous as both mark the kickoff to the holiday season. Halloween is a wonderful holiday because it’s one that both adults and children can enjoy.

Set the Stage
One of the best things about Halloween is the decoration. There’s no other time of the year when cobwebs, spiders, scarecrows, and bats are welcome in your neighborhood or on your front porch. The houses with the most spectacular displays get plenty of oohs and ahhs from children and adults alike. Make turning the house into a spooky haven a fun family activity. Spirit Halloween stores, thrift shops, or your local discount store will have plenty of fun, scary or even freaky decorations for you to choose from.

Look the Part
From the simple sheet-over-the-head ghost to the intricate zombie makeup, the best part of Halloween is undoubtedly the costumes. Kids are excited to go to school dressed as their favorite princess or super hero. But don’t be fooled – older Halloween enthusiasts love dressing up, too. Halloween costumes are a great outlet to be creative or live a day as someone else. Have fun with your costume! While Halloween stores will have a plethora of costume options, it might be fun (and more unique!) to think outside the box and head to the thrift store to make your own costume.

“Trick or Treat!”
Yes, Halloween is full of both tricks and treats (depending on your age or the age of your children, you may have more of one than the other!). If you have a sweet tooth, this is your dream holiday. It’s a candy, sugar and sweets overload and although your child’s eyes may light up at the sight of buckets and pillowcases full of candy, it’s important to remember that sweets should be eaten sparingly. Don’t leave your child in charge of his or her own candy stack – you be the police of how much candy is consumed otherwise you might be visiting the dentist more often than you like.

Happy Halloween to all! Smiley 360 wishes you a fun (and spooky) time!