Trick-or-Treat Night (as my kids call it) can get overwhelming when you try to do everything and expect everything to be perfect and smooth. One thing I have learned over the years is nothing beats a nice hot home-cooked meal after being out in the cold, and with modern technology, it is completely possible to do. It’s like being in two places at once!
Trick or Treat smell my feet man mama needs something good to eat! That is what I am saying by the end of the last block on our trick or treat route. Hahahaha
Trick-or-Treat Night doesn’t have to complicated, and dinner doesn’t have to be a chore.
By the time the kids get out of school, we do homework, get suited up, make-up done, and then remove costume so the kid can go to the bathroom and re suit the kid up… you realize when you are out and about trick or treating that you forgot to feed your kids something of substance.
Okay, please tell me I am not the only mom who as done this…
It took me a few years, but I finally found a great rhythm for Trick or Treating and Halloween as a whole. A rhythm where we laugh and have fun with minimal stress and worry about everything going on.
I have found that sometimes my kids are way too excited before trick or treating to eat their dinner. Sometimes we have more homework on a night, that should be fun, then we are given time to complete, and sometimes a perfect night means imperfect moments.
The key to keeping everything running smoothly is broken down in two simple parts.
- Think ahead. Have make-up, costumes, and everything ready to go. If you are feeling really ambitious have snacks and a homework station set up for when you kids get home. This will help you avoid the “Mom do you know where everything is,” moments.
- Make dinner simple. Crock-Pot or Instant pot meals are perfect for a night like this. If your kids are not hungry due to excitement or you are just running behind the meal will be waiting for you when you get home. Just make sure you inform you kids no candy until after dinner. Except for those few pieces, you all sneak while skipping through the street!
Need Help Finding a Good Trick or Treat Slow Cooker Meal Here are just a few
Instant Pot Thai Red Curry Ramen with Caramelized Pork
"I still drool a little bit every time I think about this totally amazing Instant Pot Thai Red Curry Ramen. You can have a homemade bowl of ramen on your table in about an hour packed with delicious flavors like red curry paste, coconut milk, and melt-in-your-mouth caramelized pork with this easy Instant Pot recipe!"
Instant Pot Chicken Piccata - Pressure Cooker Chicken Piccata
"Instant Pot Chicken Piccata is an easy and quick recipe perfect for a weeknight dinner. Chicken breasts are coated in Parmesan and pressure cooked in lemon butter sauce."
Instant Pot Red Chile Posole
Deep red, earthy, sweet, slightly smoky northern New Mexico red chile powder provides the amazing complexity in this Instant Pot Red Chile Posole. It can be on your table in about an hour, but tastes like it cooked for hours! "
Sweet and spicy Instant Pot Chili Lime Chicken cooks in 10 minutes!
"Chili Lime Chicken is a lightly spicy, tangy, sweet recipe that cooks in 10 minutes in the Instant Pot!"
Pressure Cooker Chicken Casserole with Kale & White Beans • The Cook Report
"Chicken casserole is such good comfort food and with a pressure cooker or instant pot it can be ready in next to no time! It’s perfect served with pasta, mashed potatoes or anything else you fancy."
Remember mama’s you are making memories not making the world perfect. Sometimes the best memories come from the imperfect crazy moments! So go on relax, laugh, smile, and enjoy this season of life, and have an amazing Trick-or-Treat Night!