It’s that time of year again. For most of you across the country the temperatures are dropping, the leaves are changing and your little one is flip-flopping on whether they want to be a Elsa or Anna… it’s Halloween!

If this is your first time trick-or-treating with your baby and even if you’re a veteran in the candy-getting game, we have some tips on how to make the night a success and emerge home relatively unscathed with minimal tears.   

 1. Give in

Just give them the candy. This is what Halloween is all about! Kids, whether they have experienced it before or are newbies, inherently know beneath that shiny wrapper is something they want. Badly. It’s something with more sugar content than you would give them in 6 months. But! It’s Halloween, so if you want to avoid the tears walking from house to house, set up a rule --  one piece of candy per street and maybe keep your route minimal. 

2. Make it Comfy

True Story: When I was four my mother (bless her) decided it would be adorable if I dressed up as a birthday present for Halloween. She got a box that was huge relative to my four-year-old self and cut out holes for the legs and the head, wrapped it in Birthday wrapping paper, topped off with some ribbon and a bow. It was adorable, but I couldn’t sit down. Like, at all. Four years old and couldn’t sit for hours without taking the whole contraption off. Needless to say, neither of us left that trick-or-treating adventure in the best of moods. I was the cutest Birthday Present around so I’ll give her that. All of this is to say: Make sure whatever costume you make or purchase is something your kiddo won’t mind spending an extended period of time in. They will most likely want to put it on the second it’s within your house, so testing this out before the big night shouldn’t be an issue.

3. Plan Ahead 

Don’t end up in an area that you think would be great, only to find the front porch lights off and no candy or costumes in sight. Most cities have specific Kid-Friendly neighborhoods that are ideal for making your trick-or-treating experience the best! Here at home in Santa Monica we have Gillette’s Regents Square, which is our favorite spot for young kids who tire quickly. You will save those little feet a lot of walking around and still get plenty of candy (and plenty of chances to show off that super costume).

Also a Santa Monica local? Another great spot: 16th Street north of Montana between Alta on Georgina, but this spot can be a little spooky for little ones. Which brings us to our next point…

 4. Scary Costumes

While we prefer the cute costumes around here, it is Halloween and no matter where you go you’re going to see people leaning more towards the horror side of things. If you’re little ones are old enough to understand, make sure you prep them that you may see some people that look a little creepy or scary, but it’s all fake and they are just having fun. It might not work 100% of the time, but at least when they see that Walking Dead zombie costume, they will have a little context.

5. Take advantage

Let's be real. Frozen character costumes will inevitably be everywhere. Why not switch it up a bit this year? Halloween is your one chance to dress your kid up as a garden gnome or chipotle burrito to repay them for all the late nights and tantrums. Do not let this opportunity slip through your poorly manicured fingers!

 Happy Halloween from Olivia + Ocean!