5 Tips for a Minimalist (and Happy) Halloween

Alright, you’ve carved the pumpkins, you’ve stocked upon candy for the trick-or-treaters, have the kids’ costumes all finished, have your costume ready to go and you’re ready to survive the Halloween holiday.

Or maybe not.

Maybe you haven’t gotten any of those things accomplished, and the only thing you’ve done is stress eat three Reese’s peanut butter pumpkins *raises hand*.

Hey, the holidays are stressful - and Halloween is no exception. Except that Halloween, out of all the holidays, is the one that’s supposed to be fun.

Seriously, it should be fun. It’s about candy, parties, pumpkins and dressing up. Simple, easy, and straightforward.

Yet it can get overwhelming. If you’re finding yourself getting stressed out just even thinking about Halloween, we suggest taking a minimalist approach to the holiday by focusing on the things that are important.

  1. Focus on the kids

Although we do love Halloween and all the fun that comes along with it, Halloween is in my opinion first and foremost a kid’s holiday. Dressing up, trick-or-treating and indulging in a dozen mini-snickers is a lot of fun for children.

Although adults can have fun, for those of you with children it’s important to focus on making sure the kids have a great time. Structure your time around ensuring they have a good experience.

2. Keep the decor simple

Unless you’re one of those people who absolutely lives for Halloween decorations and goes all out every year because it is the thing in life that brings you joy, then you may want to just keep the Halloween decor simple.

We like to keep the ghoul and Frankenstein and flashing lights out of our decor. We instead gravitate towards natural items - pumpkins and seasonal gourds, cornstalks, bittersweet vine wreaths and ornamental cabbages and mums. You can still create a very festive and lovely Halloween feeling using items that can be composted or recycled so they don’t clutter up your home.

Bonus: Halloween decor that can also double as fall and Thanksgiving decor are winners in our book. Our pumpkins will last through the end of November here (barring hungry squirrels or our Boston Terrier) so they are a fun investment we do every year.

3. Keep the candy in check

Remember what I said about this being about candy? That’s still totally true. There’s nothing wrong with having some fun and indulging in some candy during Halloween. I take the time to partake in candy that I wouldn’t eat any other time of the year - Sour Patch kids, Starbursts, Reese’s pieces, Krackel and Mr. Goodbar.

But enough is enough. Don’t keep a bowl of candy out for longer than you have to - it will just be tempting you every time you pass by it. Get rid of the candy with trick-or-treaters or donate it. I also have two more months of delicious sweets to look forward to, so I can’t blow it all on Snickers and Tootsie rolls.

4. Take time to appreciate the season

If you have a very busy Halloween schedule, you may find yourself rushing from party to party to party, herding kids and getting your home ready.

In the middle of it all, take time to sit down and take a breath. Have a cup of coffee, take a short walk, get out into the yard or garden and take a look around.

This is such a magical time of the year - the leaves are changing color and falling, flowers like mums are giving a last little hurrah of color, the landscape is changing from green to shades of honey, bronze, copper and red and brown, and that chill in the air is just enough to enjoy without being bitterly cold.

Take a moment to take it all in.

5. Don’t overextend yourself

You’ll probably get invited to quite a few engagements. Trick-or-treating events, parties, going out for Halloween, pumpkin carving - people love to celebrate Halloween!

Evaluate your engagements and do a personal audit. Do you need to get your home ready for this weekend’s party? Maybe you shouldn’t go out tomorrow. Do your kids still need the finishing touches on their Halloween costumes? Then you may want to pass on the Halloween cookie exchange party.

From personal experience, I realize that the Halloween holiday is only the beginning of the holiday march that continues afterwards. Save your energy for the other holidays as well!

I hope that this helps with your Halloween. Remember to have fun, enjoy it, but also remember to take care of yourself and your family. Take some time to enjoy it, and don’t feel like you have to do everything. And remember above all else, Halloween is about having fun!

Happy Halloween!