Preparing for Halloween can be one of the most stressful times of the year! You’re constantly preparing the house and decorating it for visitors, plus you have to monitor the front door just in case you have visitors.
It can especially be stressful for introverts whose place will be visited many times throughout the night. BUT, whether you’re an introvert or not, there are numerous ways to mentally and physically prepare and prep yourself (You’ll thank me for it!).
One of the first things you should consider is whether or not you will be decorating the house for Halloween and if you’ll be dressing up.
Preparing decorations and a costume ahead of time will help you feel at ease during the day of Halloween. This way, you won’t have to go back and forth and decide what to wear for the night.
Prepare a costume out weeks in advance or days in advance if it’s an easy costume you can make yourself. This also goes for Halloween decor as well.
If you plan on decorating the house for Halloween, try to make a mock up of where you want decorations to go and how you want the place to look like. The end results do not have to exactly look like the mock up, but it’s good to have so you know exactly what to look for when you shop for decor.
Do you want the place to be scary for your visitors? Or do you want something fall-esque and family friendly?
Make A Candy Plan
Next, determine what and how much candy you plan on giving out for the night. Do you plan on giving out chocolate containing nuts or candy without chocolate? How many bags will you plan on buying?
This allows you to prepare financially for your candy-seeking visitors
Now that you have an idea of how much candy and which candy you’ll be buying, it’s important to figure out where you’ll store them and if you will organize them.
Do you plan on putting the chocolate in containers? Will you have baskets instead? Do you plan on separating each candy to let kids choose which treat they want? Or are you going to leave it in a basket outside while you hide inside with a good movie and Halloween treats?
Make Time For Yourself
It can be overwhelming for introverts to prepare for visitors. To prepare for the night of Halloween, find a quiet place you can go to breathe and relax. This is a different place from where you would be staying for the night.
Having this safe place is a great way for introverts to recharge and feel better. Once you locate an area in your place that you can go to to breathe and relax, set a time for you to go there throughout the night. This can be for five minutes every hour of the night so that you’re always recharged and de-stressed.
Always have water in reach. Whether you’re an introvert or not, sometimes having numerous kids knocking on your door throughout the night can be overwhelming, so having water can give you the energy you need.
For some of you, you may want wine or alcohol instead. That’s perfectly acceptable as long as you are monitoring how much you drink. One bottle of wine for the rest of the night is acceptable as long as you drink in moderation. You definitely don’t want to answer the door drunk!
It’s important to have a snack prepared for the night. With so many visitors throughout the night, you won’t be able to prepare a full meal. It’s important to keep snacks within reach of you to make sure you are satisfied throughout the night.
Music is a great way to help you relax and feel better! Keep a playlist of your favorite songs to listen to whenever you feel stressed, overwhelmed or tired and then have the playlist on repeat to keep you pumped and at ease during the night.
Preparing With Others
Finally, determine who you will be with this Halloween. Will you be giving out candy with someone else or will you be home alone and plan on giving candy out by yourself?
Sometimes, having a friend or family member stay with you can help you feel better about the Halloween chaos. And, they can also help you give out the candy as well or you guys can alternate.
One hour, you’ll give out candy. The next hour, someone else is. But if you plan on giving out candy by yourself, these tips above may help you to prepare yourself for the chaos.
Although preparing yourself for the Halloween chaos may sound stressful, it doesn’t have to be! Just be sure to prepare yourself weeks or even days in advance and Halloween can go as swell as you’d like.
Having a ton of visitors throughout the night is stressful and overwhelming for introverts but these tips listed above can help you prepare and ease into the Halloween chaos. If there are any rituals or traditions you like to do to prepare for the chaos, let us know in the comments down below.
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