Not ready for Halloween? Here’s your 2-item to-do list.

You knew it was coming — who could miss it — but planning for Halloween, well…the time sort of slipped away.

There’s no jack o’lantern on the doorstep, no costume laid out for trick-or-treating, and the decorations are packed away in a box somewhere.

It’s not that you don’t care about Halloween — you want your kids to have a wonderful time — you just aren’t up to the holiday frenzy that seems to get more intense every year.

You know what?

It’s okay.

There’s still time for this to be the best Halloween ever.

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Buy a costume today, from a nearby store. Or throw a costume together using stuff around the house. It can be something totally unoriginal: a movie character or a bedsheet ghost. If your kid loves it, the costume doesn’t even need to make sense.

Pick up a few bags of whatever candy is still left at the grocery store. If your kid has allergies, forget the candy and get whatever treat is her favorite.

You’re done.

Halloween’s a moment to watch your kid have fun, maybe admire the neighbor’s decorations, and sneak a few treats yourself.

No preparation required.

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