Halloween can be a night of dark, scary things (especially if you have teenagers in the house.)
Even if you do, there are ways to make October 31 a family affair.
The night actually lends itself to kids parties, as parents are chaperones for their little trick-or-treaters.
So make it festive this year with a family halloween party, complete with party decorations such as balloons in orange and black, or paper streamers.
These Halloween party ideas can help make the festivities of October 31 a family-friendly affair.
Invite the grandparents and your child's friends and family. An optimal number is between 5 and 10 kids and associated families.
Give each kid a plastic pumpkin for trick-or-treating.
Cut cookies into fun pumpkin or cat shapes for a dessert treat; make deviled eggs especially
Take a photo of each child in costume. Place it in their pumpkin. Give prizes (or ribbons) for each costume.
Send the young kids out first before dark. Then they can help mom (or the grandparents) answer the door and hand out candy while the older kids are out on the prowl. Get trick-or-treating safety tips here.
Dessert for the grown-ups. Candy (natch) for the kids.