Trick or Treat??

This year, Halloween falls on a Saturday - so it's bound to be a big one! Expect lots of parties and events over the course of the weekend, and probably a fair few trick or treaters too! You'll need to be well prepared for the night itself, of course; preparation is key with these things!

First, you need to buy a pumpkin. Then, you'll need to find a really great design to carve it - Google or Pinterest can help you with that. You might want to buy a few pumpkins, so that you can have a couple of practice goes before you do your main one.

Once you've got the pumpkin sorted, you'll want some treats for trick or treaters. And then you'll want to decorate the house. The front door, bare minimum, needs to be covered in things like fake cobwebs and fake blood. Perhaps a skeleton or two, a severed head, whatever you have lying around (everyone has these things in a cupboard somewhere, don't they?)

Finally, you need the perfect costume. Have a family meeting and agree on this year's theme - these things work best if everyone is dressed in a costume along the same sort of lines. Think not just costumes but make up, hair, footwear, accessories. You really want the complete look if you're going to scare the trick or treaters who come to your door!

Whether you're going for the traditional witch or skeleton, or something a little more "out there" like an oompa loompa or Jack Nicholson in The Shining (complete with door around face, of course) - preparation is key. The best costumes are not necessarily the most expensive or elaborate, but the ones that have been well thought out that get the best response. What's that line about failing to prepare means preparing to fail? Now, if you'll excuse us, we're off to stock up on fake blood and face paint...

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