When Filing for Divorce
In your court order, you should either ask to alternate Halloweens every year. Or ask to get them every Halloween. It may not be a big holiday, but it is for dads. At least it was for me. I loved taking my kids around on Halloween. I’d walk until they dropped. Plus, when they get older and don’t trick or treat anymore. You’ll miss those days. I still see Halloween pictures of them pop up on my Facebook timeline.
Whether you do or don’t have your kids for Halloween, share pictures with your ex. It will always pay off down the road. If for some reason your ex won’t share pictures, ask the kids to send some. Typically even if you two don’t get along, they won’t deny giving their own kids pictures.
My kids are a little bit older. So, they’re big on Instagram and Snapchat. Now, they post their pictures there and I get some too.
Preparing ahead of time with the ex
This is just a safe bet for you. If you’re Getting to have your first Halloween as a divorced dad. These next couple of steps can really help you out. You can make your Halloween be better for you and your kids,
- Decide who has the kids for Halloween night.
- Decide who is going to walk the kids around on Halloween night.
- Decide who is going to buy the Halloween costumes.
- Figure out your pick-up and drop-off times.
- Tell everyone you will share pictures.
- See if you can coordinate their Halloween with their friends.
Discuss the Rules with the kids
These were my rules. Let me know if you want to add some more.
- You have to use the bathroom before we leave.
- You have to eat dinner before we leave.
- The kids can't eat any candy until I see it first.
- The kids always have to stay within my sight.
- Always stay with one or two friends or group.
- Once we get home, we'll dump all the candy on the floor and inspect it for being opened or damaged.
- Always chew your candy, this is to prevent swallowing unexpected items
- Tell that old wives tale: There was once a kid that bit into an apple and there was a razor in it. That Story freaked me out as a kid.
- They can only eat so many pieces of candy when they get home
- Candy will be kept in the cabinet. It cannot be taken to your room.
- Once they're home, tell them they have to drink a glass of water or some drink before they start eating their candy. This is a way to fill them up a little bit before they dig into the candy.
- Don't go in anyone's house.
- Don't walk off with anyone even if they say they need your help, or if they have a puppy.
Picking Out Costumes
When my kids were younger, we didn’t go to the costume shops. We always did everything on Amazon. For example, when they were with me and little, we’d sit down on my laptop and they’d browse through all of the costumes. Then we’d order them. It was just a lot easier and more variety. Plus, since I picked up the Amazon credit card, I get credit with every purchase. Then the next time I ordered something I could use it to save a little bit of money.
As the kids have gotten older, they do both Amazon and Walmart. Now, the costumes are for parties. So, the costumes can be a little more elaborate. They still enjoy spending time in Walmart looking at everything. Plus, I’ll pick up my candy.
My oldest is now in college. She has to improvise a little bit more, but again, she uses Amazon under the Amazon Prime Family Plan. She also watches Amazon Prime Video using my account in college.
Some fun for the kids
What song do vampires hate?
You Are My Sunshine
Where do fashionable ghosts shop for sheets?
Why is Dracula a good artist?
Because he likes to draw blood
Which ghost lives in Town Hall?
What do you call someone who puts poison in someones corn flakes?
A cereal killer
What do you get when you cross a vampire and a snowman?
What do they use to clean the ice during the Halloween hockey game?
What do you get when you cross a werewolf and a vampire?
A fur coat that fangs around your neck
What doesn't a vampire order at a restaurant?
A stake sandwich
What animal do witch’s say make the best pets?
Black cats – because they’re purr-fect
What do you call a witch in the desert?
What does a vampire fear the most?
How do black cats eat Halloween candy?
With their mouths just like everyone else
Where did the vampire open his savings account?
At a blood bank
How do you keep a monster from biting his nails?
Give him screws
Who do vampires buy their cookies from?
The Ghoul Scouts
What type of monster really loves dance music?
Which of the witch’s friends was good at baseball?
Where do ghosts buy their food?
The ghost-ery story
Where do werewolves store their things?
In a were-house
What do you get when you cross Bambi with a ghost?
What do they teach in witching school?
What can’t you give the headless horseman?
How do monsters tell their future?
They read their horror-scope
How does a ghost say goodbye to a vampire?
So long, sucker!
What do you call a witch who lives at the beach?
What do you give to a pumpkin trying to quit smoking?
A pumpkin patch
Why wasn't there any food left after the monster party?
Because everyone was a goblin!
What's it like to be kissed by a vampire?
It's a pain in the neck.
What do you call a witch's garage?
A broom closet
How are vampires like false teeth?
They both come out at night
What do you call a ghost with a broken leg?
A hoblin goblin
What did the mommy ghost say to the baby ghost?
Don't spook until you're spoken to
What did the skeleton say to the bartender?
I'll have two beers and a mop
What's a monster's favorite play?
Romeo and Ghouliet
What's a haunted chicken?
What did the mummy say to the detective?
Let's wrap this case up
What do demons do to stay in shape?
They exorcise a lot
What does the papa ghost say to his family when driving?
Fasten your sheet belts
What do you call two witches living together?
What does Frankenstein put on his hot wings?
Franks Red Hot Sauce
What kind of streets do zombies like the best?
Why did the skeleton cross the road?
To go to the body shop
What kind of shoes does a ghost wear?
Where do spooks water ski?
On Lake Erie
What's a vampire's favorite fruit?
Why don't skeletons like parties?
They have nobody to dance with
What do you call a skeleton who sits around all day?
A lazy bone
Why did the witches' team lose the baseball game?
Their bats flew away
What is the safest place to be during a zombie attack?
A living room
How does a witch tell time?
She looks at her witch watch
Which room do haunted houses never have?
The living room
Who did Frankenstein take to the prom?
His ghoul friend
When does a skeleton laugh?
When something tickles his funny bone
Where does Count Dracula usually eat his lunch?
At the casketeria
What is a ghoul's favorite flavor?
What does a skeleton order at a restaurant?
What do baby ghosts wear on Halloween?
Do zombies eat french fries with their fingers?
Nope, they eat the fingers separately
What do Italians eat on Halloween?
What do you do when 50 zombies surround your house?
I hope that it's Halloween
What do little witches do after school?
What animal dresses up and howls?
Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers?
No, they eat the fingers separately
What do you call a clever monster?
What do you call a fat Jack-O-Lantern?
What happened to the guy who couldn't keep up payments to his exorcist?
He got repossessed
What has webbed feet, feathers, fangs and goes quack-quack?
What do birds give out on Halloween night?
Why does a witch ride a broom?
The Vacuum cleaner’s power cord is it too short
Why should a skeleton drink 10 glasses of milk a day?
It's good for the bones
What’s a ghosts favorite desert
Why did the black cat put oil on the mouse?
Because it was squeaky
Who are the werewolf cousins?
The whatwolves, the whowolves, and the whenwolves
Why are most monsters covered in wrinkles?
Have you ever tried to iron a monster?
What do skeletons say before they begin dining?
What happens when a ghost gets lost in the fog?
He is mist
Why don't angry witches ride their brooms?
They're afraid of flying off the handle
Who won the skeleton beauty contest?
Where do baby ghosts go during the day?
What do you call two spiders that just got married?
Why did the ghost go into the bar?
For the Boos
Why do ghosts like to ride elevators?
It raises their spirits
What kind of monster is safe to put in a washing machine?
A wash and wear wolf
What's the favorite game at ghosts' birthday parties?
Hide and shriek
Why did the game warden arrest the ghost?
He didn't have a haunting license
Why do mummies have so much trouble keeping friends?
They're too wrapped up in themselves
Why don't mummies take vacations?
They're afraid they'll relax and unwind
Where do mummies go for a swim?
The dead sea
Why do mummies make excellent spies?
They're good at keeping things under wraps
What do you get when you cross a black cat with a lemon.
What do you get when you divide the circumference of a jack-o-lantern by its diameter?
What is a vampire's favorite ice cream flavor?
What did the three vampires order at the bar?
Two bloods and a blood light
Why did the vampire go to the orthodontist?
To improve his bite
What do you get when you drop a pumpkin?
Why couldn’t Frankenstein go to school with the witch?
He couldn’t spell
What is a vampire's favorite holiday?
What is a vampire's favorite sport?
Who does Dracula get letters from?
His fang club
What was the witch's favorite subject in school?
What kind of ghost has the best hearing?
What's the problem with twin witches?
You never know which witch is which
What kind of books did Frankenstein like to read?
Ones with cemetery plots
What do ghosts serve for dessert?