A young girl celebrates at Riverdale Farm this past weekend.

Are You Ready for Halloween?

A last-minute prep list to get you on track

Did Halloween come too soon this year for you? Some may be ready to ring in the ghoulish holiday, but others are rushing to get prepped for Halloween on Saturday night.

If you’re scrambling, don’t fret: You’re not alone. This video and last-minute prep list will help you get everything done just in time for the big night.

Costumes:

Costumed children celebrate at Riverdale Farm's annual Halloween event.
Costumed children celebrate at Riverdale Farm’s annual Halloween event. (- ALEX KAMAKARIS/TORONTO OBSERVER)

Before heading out to buy a costume, have a general theme ready. Consider saving some money with a DIY project. Value Village is a great place to mix and match items in order to compose a costume on the cheap. Quick tip: Consider bringing a photo along of your ideal costume to help you find what you’re looking for.

Halloween traditions:

  • A tiny Cheetah crawls around Riverdale Farm during its annual Halloween event this past weekend.
    A tiny Cheetah crawls around Riverdale Farm during its annual Halloween event this past weekend. (- ALEX KAMAKARIS/TORONTO OBSERVER)

    Share scary stories with the family

  • Pick pumpkins for making pies, roasting seeds and carving scary or funny faces
  • You’re never too old to wear a costume. Get the whole family involved this Halloween by joining in on the dressing-up fun

Decorating:

Pumpkins on display at Riverdale Farm recently.
Pumpkins on display at Riverdale Farm recently. (ALEX KAMAKARIS/TORONTO OBSERVER)

While candy and costumes are likely being discounted now, some shoppers may not be aware that home decor will also soon be on sale, ideal for last-minute decorators and dedicated deal hunters.

Safety:

Children celebrate at Riverdale Farm's annual Halloween event recently.
Children celebrate at Riverdale Farm’s annual Halloween event recently. (ALEX KAMAKARIS/TORONTO OBSERVER)

Dress up and dress bright. If you want to be scary and are wearing a darker costume, enhance it with reflectors, something that will make you visible to other ghosts and zombies and, most importantly, drivers on the road.

(Tips courtesy of Libie Castano, Value Village production manager in Toronto).