The No-Time, No-Fuss Guide To Halloween

The No-Time, No-Fuss Guide To Halloween

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Alison Gerber
Oct 7, 2014
(Image credit: Real Simple)

Halloween is so much fun! ...As long as you're not up 'til 2am the night before, sewing the finishing touches to a Chuggington costume. For the moms and dads who want to take it easy this year, this one's for you: how to still get together everything you need for a great Halloween — in about one tenth the time.

1. The Pumpkin. Rather than spending an afternoon carving a pumpkin: paint it! The pumpkins above are from Real Simple, and are painted with chalkboard paint. For 25 more ideas, check out this post by our resident-DIY fanatic Dabney:

25 Easy, No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas For Halloween
(Image credit: Martha Stewart)

2. The Costume. You could go the last-minute/no-sew costume route (Martha Stewart has a few ideas here and here), but the easiest option is to buy it. To save money, head to your nearest thrift store. Our local Savers has an amazing range of second-hand kids costumes, all less than $7.

3. The Candy. Just buy it from the store. Go directly to the store. Do not pass Pinterest. Do not spend $200. (And, psst: get it on your next trip to the supermarket. Don't wait until all the best stuff is gone!)

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4. The Night Before. For an extra-special Halloween treat, pop in a kid-friendly Halloween DVD the night before to get everyone excited about tomorrow! It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is the obvious choice. But a firm favorite in our house with the littlest among us: Wiggly Halloween, the Wiggles' Halloween DVD. Such fun, memorable songs, and really not scary at all.

What are your time-saving Halloween tips?

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