1. Go to the pumpkin patch early. Some might take this advice a step further and skip heading out to the farm entirely, but not me. Those fall pumpkin pics with the kids are just too amazing to miss. But go early. Most farms are pretty empty the first weekend in October, but not so much as you get closer to Halloween.
Pro tip: Hitting the pumpkin patch early in the day also helps to avoid crowds.
|That's right, no one else but us here!|
Pro tip: Save a glow stick to put in your own Jack O'Lantern, it will give off a perfectly eerie light, and you won't have to worry about the live candle flame causing burns or house fires.
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Pro tip: Cover the pumpkin with hairspray before setting it outdoors so that no little critters take a bite out of your masterpiece.
|Sperm ghosts make the completed pumpkin extra fun!|
Pro tip: Get some cider and donuts for the ride and make a big deal out of the car tour of the neighborhood decorations.
|These neighbors put up a pirate ship so you don't have to.|
Pro tip: Purchased costumes can easily be re-purposed for use multiple years. Last year's vampire can become this year's witch with just a few adjustments.
|Even better than a store-bought costume is one you get two Halloweens out of!|