By Abbie Cornett
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! I love decorating the front yard, helping plan costumes for my kids, and getting ready for trick-or-treaters. Unfortunately, many people with chronic illnesses are too sick or simply don't have the energy to prepare for the holiday. Don't fear, there are many ways to enjoy the holiday and still take care of yourself. Check out some of the shortcuts I have learned to save up your spoons for the big day!
- If you like to decorate, don't try to do it by yourself. Make it a small party. Order a pizza or two and invite your family and friends over to decorate with you. Chances are they love to put up Halloween decorations as much as you do! Let's face it, who doesn't love a good skeleton or a scary ghost!
- Shop for your kid's costume online. Frequently, online sources offer a more extensive selection at a lower price, and they allow you to avoid the dreaded crowds in stores' holiday sections.
- The same goes for candy and party supplies. Most grocery stores offers free delivery now or charge only a small amount. If all else fails, there is always Amazon.
- If you have kids and don't feel like you are up to taking them trick-or-treating, ask one of their friends' parents if they can go with them. In return, offer to host an age-appropriate scary movie night at your place.
- See what events are being held in your area. Most cities have several safe lower-energy options for kids to enjoy the holiday such as trick-or-treating at the mall. In addition to being more accessible for you, it's safer for the kids. You don't have to worry about the safety of the candy, being out after dark or crossing streets!
If you are too tired to get dressed up, don't worry! Put on some fuzzy PJs and hand out candy in comfort! The important thing to remember is Halloween is supposed to be scary fun, not scary exhausting. So don't feel guilty if you take a couple of shortcuts. Your kids won't remember the details; they will only remember they had fun!