|Halloween can be a night filled with delight as ghosts and ghouls take to the street knocking on doors and shouting for their trick-or-treats. This holiday can be a lot of fun and, like most other holidays, it can also create a lot of stress from the amount of work that goes into catering for a party, decorating your house to be the spookiest on the street, or finding the perfect Halloween costume for you or your family.
Here are 10 simple tricks for keeping those Halloween stress levels to a minimum so that you can enjoy your evening of frights:
1. Plan your night ahead of time.
Whether it's taking the kids out trick-or-treating, dressing up for a party, or visiting a haunted house, it can help to plan your evening ahead of time so that you can feel more prepared and less stressed in order to enjoy the haunts. Make sure to have costumes bought (or dusted off from the basement), pumpkins carved, and candy at the ready before the 31st to prevent feeling stressed from last-minute preparations.
2. Search Pinterest for ideas.
Pinterest is a search engine and a great resource for budget friendly do-it-yourself craft ideas for treats, costumes, or decorations. When searching, try combining keywords such as Halloween, decorations, or DIY to find tons of creative things to make or purchase.
3. Take time to relax
Prepping for Halloween can be exhausting and stressful. Make sure to take time for yourself in between the tasks on your to-do list. One idea to help you unwind but stay in the spirit of the spookiest holiday of the year is to try out these Halloween-inspired essential oil diffuser blends.
4. Help others get ready.
See your neighbour struggling to put all those fake spider webs up? Why not give them a hand setting up. Altruistic behaviour has been shown to be associated with greater overall well-being and studies have shown that behaving compassionately towards others can even increase your lifespan.
5. Unwind on YouTube
Need another break from baking all those Halloween treats or putting the finishing touches on your DIY centerpiece? YouTube is a great way to spend a bit of time unwinding and having a laugh so that you can be reminded that Halloween is about fun and laughter. Check out these adorable pets in costumes to get started!
Tip: If you need some scary sounds to scare the trick-or-treaters, check out this soundtrack.
6. Learn about being frightened.
Let's face it.. Halloween can be really scary! Learning more about what happens inside our bodies when the fight-or-flight response is activated can help you better handle these situations. Consider taking some time to read about how our survival instincts trigger physical and mental health related problems so that you can learn practical strategies to adapt those innate survival skills to present day stress.
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7. Plan a Halloween Trivia night.
Have fun while learning something you didn't already know about this holiday (and maybe even win a prize) by creating your own trivia night with friends & family. Wikipedia or Google can help with the details!
Q. Why don't mummies take vacations?
8. Get a good night sleep.
You may have heard this before, but sleep is very good for you. It can help prevent or reduce stress, recharge your energy so you can complete your list of tasks for the festivities ahead, and also help you stay awake to enjoy the evening of frights you have planned. Just make sure not to stay up too late watching those scary movies or it might be hard to get to sleep!
Tip: Explore how essential oils can help you get a good night sleep
9. Plan ahead for leftover candy.
Not as many ghosts and ghouls on your doorstep as expected this year? Having a plan for all that leftover candy can help. Check out this wellness blog post on what to do with all that sugary temptation (including eating it) by clicking here.
10. Treat yourself to a night off.
After such an eventful night, give yourself permission to take the night off the following evening, so that you can recharge for the week ahead.
Thanks for reading! I hope you have a fun and happy Halloween this year. Share your tips for a safe and stress-free Halloween in the comments section below!
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10/14/2017 09:23:47 am
Halloween can be so stressful with all the excitement and hyperness. In fact October is spent with little gleeful faces just waiting for the day to come! I love the suggestions especially offering to help and eating the candy haha. We do Switch witch at our house and know of several dentists who buy candy back to send overseas to the troops. Great post ❤️
10/18/2017 06:50:56 pm
That sounds like a fantastic idea to send leftover candy overseas. I remember when I was young and how many pillowcases we would bring home after our trick-or-treating haul.. there was so much! Thanks for your comment, Jamie!
10/18/2017 06:51:23 pm
You're very welcome, Sara. I hope you enjoy the Halloween-themed diffuser blends!
10/14/2017 02:08:42 pm
Great tips! Halloween can definitely be stressful! Love your creative diffuser blends too :)
10/18/2017 06:51:46 pm
I hope you have a fun and happy Halloween, Kayla!
10/18/2017 06:52:16 pm
Ha, I'm glad you liked the mummy joke! And you're welcome for the tips!
10/18/2017 12:47:25 pm
Such great advice! Halloween should be fun and not stressful!
10/18/2017 06:52:36 pm
I hope your Halloween is lots of fun, Holly! Take care!
10/19/2017 02:04:45 pm
How cute is that! Love the essential oil blends!
3/13/2020 08:32:50 pm
I'm glad to hear you are enjoying the Halloween essential oil blends!
3/13/2020 08:33:46 pm
Thanks for your comment and for dropping by the blog, Pearl!
10/24/2018 06:20:50 pm
Love this halloween self-care list Heather! So many awesome suggestions ♡. Thanks a ton for sharing!
3/13/2020 08:34:21 pm
You're very welcome, thanks for the comment, Sara!
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