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Your Halloween Game Plan

Sep 16, 2017 by

Halloween is one of the best nights of the year no matter how old you are. From trick-or-treating to costume parties for adults, it has a little something for everyone from the young to the young-at-heart.

For all its reckless joy, though, Halloween doesn’t go easy on poor planners. It’s no fun trying to track down the last bag of candy at the store before hordes of children arrive at your door or trying to create a last-minute costume from the things you have lying around the house. And if you think it’s hard to catch a cab normally, just wait until you’re covered in fake blood or wearing a monster mask!

That’s why you need a game plan this Halloween. Plan ahead, dominate the costume party, and never run out of candy. Here’s how to do it.

Get your costume early

You need a costume this Halloween, of course. But here’s the bad news: so does everyone else. And thanks to a little thing called “supply and demand,” waiting until the last minute to get a costume will get you in big trouble.

Planning ahead will also give you the chance to come up with a truly original and interesting costume idea. Wherever you end up on Halloween, you’re sure to spot plenty of unoriginal takes on viral jokes and dead celebrities. Don’t be wearing one of them! Take some time to brainstorm, narrow down your ideas, and collect the pieces you need for your costume ahead of time.

Getting your costume ready early will also make things a heck of a lot more convenient. Look into ordering your costume online from a reputable retailer like Costume Collection ( and skip the madness at the costume shops.

Get ready for trick-or-treating

Free candy is what Halloween is all about – unless you’re an adult, in which case giving away a bunch of candy is what Halloween is all about. And unless you want to deal with the “trick” part of trick-or-treating, you’d best have some goodies on hand. That’s why it pays to buy candy ahead of time, too. Consider buying it online or heading to stores that sell bags in bulk.

And if you have a family, you may need to divide and conquer. Two-parent families can have one parent hold down the fort at home with the other takes the kids out trick-or-treating. Consider trading places halfway through the night, so that each parent gets to experience trick-or-treating with the kids. As for single-parent homes, consider joining forces with the neighbors so that nothing is neglected.

Plan a scary good time at parties and bars

Halloween has something for everyone, and for those in between childhood and parenthood, it offers some of the best parties of the year. But here, too, it pays to have a plan. There’s a time and a place for spontaneity, but that time and place is probably not at 3AM downtown while you’re wearing a wolfman costume.

So plan ahead, and know where you’re going. Have your costume ready early for the costume part, and consider bulk when you’re brainstorming – wearing an oversized and bulky costume can be a liability when you’re surrounded by glassware, drinks, and lots of fellow partiers. And that’s to say nothing about how hot some full-body costumes can get in the bar!

Above all, keep your Halloween safe. Pocket the number for a car service or a taxi company and call them when it’s time to go. Halloween is not a good night to be driving at all, much less driving drunk, so put safety first for yourself and the many trick-or-treaters that you’ll see on the road.

No matter what you’re doing this Halloween, plan ahead. Get your costume early, stock up on candy, and make a plan for trick-or-treating or partying. It’s a frighteningly good idea.

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