Halloween is almost upon us. What plans do you have for the holiday? Are you having or going to a party? What costume are you planning? what costumes do your kiddos have their hearts set on? Lisa, are you having the grandkids and kids over for a party again this year? This is one of my favorite holidays. This is the FIRST year that I have not purchased almost every magazine with craft/decorating/food/costume/kid halloween ideas. I decided that I could get the ideas online and spend the $$ on fun stuff. Not sure what I will spend it on yet. I have been doing a ton of halloween theme cross stitch Favorites are an odd looking goblin/bat thingy done in overdyed bright green (overdyed means it has different shades of the color), a little cat wearing a skeleton costume and holding a skull shaped candy pail, and a skull stitched with tie-dyed blue/pink/green floss. From 4 pm on, Chipotles is again having Booritas. If you wear a costume into the store, you can get a burrito, bowl, salad, or order of tacos for just $3. This is a great deal and LOTS of fun as long as you don't end up in a huge line. All proceeds up to $1,000,000 go to the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation. Here are the details: http://www.boorito.com/ While they last, Wendy's sells coupons for a free frosty and at 10 for $1, these are a nice treat. I often get a couple and keep them in the car for times we are out and want a small treat. They are the very smallest size, but at ten of them for a dollar, who's complaining. You don't have to be a kid to redeem one. Many restaurants offer free kid meals if you buy an adult one on Halloween. One thing to remember with our kiddos - they do NOT cope well with change and big events on empty stomachs or lots of candy/cake/treats. I have found that by making sure they have a protein rich lunch and dinner first, trick or treating/parties/etc.. are TONS easier on the difficult child and the rest of the world. I used to take energy bars with us as we trick or treated. When Wiz wanted candy, he got the bar. He loved the so he scarfed them. Then we didn't have the huge sugar crash at a party or out trick or treating. Often we didn't even have a bedtime meltdown. What are you planning/plotting? Your tips and tricks for a special celebration that won't tip over into difficult child-wreck? I just ADORE Halloween!!!