They didn't carve pumpkins, they procrastinated on costumes, they can't find the decorations, and/or they're just not into it.
They want their kids to have a fabulous Halloween but just aren't up to the holiday frenzy that seems to get more intense every year.
May I offer a comforting reminder? All your kid needs for a great Halloween is a costume and some candy.
No need for a Jack O'lantern or spooky decor. No need for clever treats. No need for you to dress up. You don't even need one of those pumpkin trick-or-treat buckets (I just thought the picture was cute).
Just a costume for the kid, and whatever treat feels special.
The costume doesn't need to be homemade nor particularly creative. It can be purchased today, from a nearby store, probably on deep discount. It can be thrown together using stuff already laying around the house or in the dress-up box. It can be something totally unoriginal: a movie character or a bedsheet ghost.
The treats can be regular old candy. If your kid trick-or-treats, a pillowcase or reusable grocery bag can hold the candy. If your kid doesn't or has allergies, forget the candy and get whatever treat is her favorite. All of this can be picked up today.
No need for stress or crazymaking. Tonight's just a moment to watch your kid have fun, maybe admire the neighbor's decorations, and sneak a few treats yourself.
Have a wonderful Halloween, Parenthackers!