Cloudy with rain. Highs in the mid 50s and lows in the low 40s. 100% chance of precipitation. 7MPH winds from the SW. Forecast for Eugene, Oregon on Friday, October 31, courtesy of Accuweather.
Are you surprised?
Let’s embrace it!
We love Oregon and there’s so much we can do and enjoy in light of the puddles.
Trick or Treat in a location where the candy is close together
Neighborhoods with driveways close together, a Trunk or Treat event (many large churches host an event like this, comment below if you know of one we haven’t included), Downtown Eugene, or Valley River Center. Check out our Fall Picks article from last week for descriptions of these events.
Rainproof your Trick-or-Treaters
Add layers for warmth: even if the top layer of the costume gets soggy, waterproof layers underneath (UnderArmor, ski gear, etc.) can keep kids from getting chilled.
Warm hands and feet equal happy kids: unless the costume requires a specific shoe, rain boots or waterproof shoes will keep feet happy (don’t forget wool socks!). If your kids insist on a certain shoe, get them to wear plastic bags over their feet. Add a pair of waterproof gloves and you're good for the evening.
Add an umbrella: choose a bubble shaped one with a hook so your kids can hang their candy bag from the handle (and the bubble shape keeps them from poking out eyeballs).
Stay home and have an impromptu party
Many kids age 3 and under really could care less what day it is and are too young to embrace all that this holiday is about. Rather than drag them around on a wet walk with their older sibling(s), enjoy time at home with them while the other parent ventures out with the older kids. Invite other families to do the same, pick up some of those cheap take-n-bake pumpkin-shaped pizzas at Papa Murphy’s, and enjoy these easy, last-minute activities together:
Games and Crafts: Follow our GoMomGo Pinterest and find: paper plate Spiders, decorating a giant felt pumpkin with face pieces, and lots more!
Decorate pumpkins: often kids this age are too young to carve a pumpkin, so here’s an opportunity for them to decorate in an age-appropriate way. Ideas: Go to the Dollar store and get stick-on mustaches and fake glasses, pull out the paint and go for it, or (our favorite) pull out the Mr. Potato Head pieces and go nuts!
Music and dancing: take the time to teach your kids some finger-plays and classic songs. Also try searching for the “Children’s Halloween” playlist on Pandora or “Children’s Halloween Party” on Spotify to liven up the mood!
Finally, if you’re concerned about the thousands of grams of sugar your household just inherited in one night, we have a great alternative for you! GoMomGo has teamed up with some local military families to send unopened candy to our soldiers overseas! Email us to get info on a drop-off location.
How awesome are those ideas? & the Mr. Potato Head pumpkin? Adorable! Thanks, Christy!
Tomorrow on our Facebook page you can share pictures of your little creatures (& animals & Elsas :) We would love to see how you celebrate!
No matter what you decide to do for Halloween, we hope that you have a super safe & super fun time!
Christy Rice is a mom to two great boys. They love to explore all that Lane County has to offer & share their adventures with GoMomGo.