1. Let’s face it, if you are making a DIY Halloween costume or if your child’s dress-up character requires extensive face painting, make up, hair prep, etc., then getting ready for trick-or-treating can be stressful. If past experience has taught you that stress triggers you to reach for sugary foods, then keep this in mind ahead of time. Perhaps you can ask your significant other or friends to help you prepare the kids. Also, keep things into perspective by cutting back on your expectations. Your child’s costume does not have to be flawless - this is not a beauty contest after all!
2. Make sure to eat a balanced dinner before going out, or at least make sure you are a couple hours away from becoming hungry. How do you know this? Rating your appetite can be a useful practice to decipher what or if you need to eat before going out with the kids. The higher your appetite, the sooner you will need to eat. If your appetite is a 5 (neutral), but you know you will be preoccupied for a couple hours, you might want to eat a sustaining snack ahead of time, or at least make sure dinner is ready to serve when you come back home (think of a meal in the Crock Pot).