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During the work week, I am quite the stickler about our evening routine. We come home, we eat, we finish the boys’ homework, and then we do baths and bed time. Every year, on Halloween, we find a way to fit it all in and have fun at the same time. Usually, I cook a meal ahead of time and quickly heat it up for dinner. This year, I’m making it a little easier on myself. I also want them to be full before they try to eat all of the Halloween candy.
I stopped by Wal-Mart to pick up a box of Hot Pockets. My Wal-Mart is conveniently close to my office, so I went there during my lunch hour. Since our kids love pepperoni pizza, I decided to get the pepperoni Hot Pockets.
There are a couple things that help us squeeze everything in between school and trick-or-treating. I let the kids eat outside. They actually eat better when they sit out on the deck, so I don’t have to nag at them every two minutes to eat. I also serve things they love — Hot Pockets, corn, my homemade mac’n’cheese, and sliced apples. Again, no nagging for them to eat. They finish eating in time to look over home work and get into their costumes.
Luckily, Halloween falls on a Friday this year, so we won’t have to work about homework!
Even the cats want in on the dinner!
My sweet little Izzie was excited about dinner. When gets super excited, she’ll say “thank you” to anyone who’s within a two-foot radius (slight exaggeration). She hopped up and said “thank you, thank you!!”
And with that, we’re ready for costumes!
So…. anyone else have kids who want to dress in the same costume? They could not be convinced to get different costumes, so we have two Hiccups (from How to Train Your Dragon 2).
Unfortunately, Izzie does not like costumes, so I don’t have a picture of her in one. But, just like I’m prepared for dinner, I already have a costume set aside for her in case she changes her mind the night of Halloween!
I’d love to hear your tips for squeezing it all in for Halloween night!