Trick-or-Treat Night (as my kids call it) can get overwhelming for many parents. Especially when you try to do everything and expect things to be perfect and run smoothly. One thing I have learned over the years is nothing beats a nice hot home-cooked meal after being out in the cold, and it is completely possible to do with minimal effort and time.
(Post original post date Sep. 17, 2019 / Links updates and post edited Aug. 25, 2021)
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.
Trick-or-Treat Night doesn’t have to be complicated, and cooking up a delicious dinner doesn’t have to be a chore.
Find Your Rhythm for Trick or Treat Night
Does this sound familiar. By the time the kids get out of school, you help them with their homework, get everyone dressed up, get the costume make-up done, and then someone says they have to pee so you remove their costume, they handle their business, and you re suit the kid up, and run out the door. 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 has done this…
It took me a few years, but I finally found a great rhythm for Trick or Treating and Halloween night 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 it, and sometimes a perfect night means imperfect moments.
The key to keeping everything running smoothly is broken down into 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 your kids get home. This will help you avoid the “Mom do you know where [you fill in the blank] 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 dinner will be waiting for you when you get home. Just make sure you inform your kids no candy until after dinner. Except for those few pieces, you all sneak while skipping through the street!
Trick or Treat Dinner Recipes
Thank you to all the bloggers who submitted recipes and participated in the Trick or Treat Night round-up and a special thank you for letting me use their photos to make this round-up that much yummier!!
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!