Although Halloween is a fun time for children and others out there, parents must deal with the cleanup of such things as pumpkin carving. Halloween can be a downright messy experience!
Besides the pumpkin carving, kids love to delve into face paints, creepy, crawly décor and, of course, the sweet treats that go along with this ghoulish holiday. While all of this can be unlimited fun times for kids, it can also be unlimited cleanup for their parents!
Thankfully Debra Johnson, a national cleaning authority for Merry Maids has some useful cleaning tips for parents to utilize this Halloween. From homemade “witches brew,” to creepy, crawly treasure hunts to pick up all the spider webs and décor, parents need not worry about the cleanup this year.
Debra’s tips include:
Mummify Your Pumpkin-Carving Workspace
Pumpkin-carving is a family favorite, but after the fun is over, you might be frightened by the of the pumpkin you started with. The best way to enjoy pumpkin carving is to stage the activity ahead of time. Pick a spot in your home that is easy to clean up – a patio or garage if weather permits – and wrap the carving area like a mummy with plastic table covers to allow for quick cleanup. For a more festive workspace, you can even consider using newspaper or old sheets to wrap the surface. Just don’t make it too spooky!
Witches Brew to Dye For
Making Halloween treats spookier and frighteningly more fun with food coloring seems like a great idea, until it ends up on your carpet or upholstery. Have no fear – fill up a cauldron with this homemade witches brew: mix one tablespoon of vinegar with a few drops of mild detergent and two cups of cold water. Dip a microfiber cloth into the concoction and blot the stain with both sides of the cloth until the coloring has vanished.
Frightening Face Paint… Poof
It’s the one night a year when kids can let their imaginations run wild with costumes and disguises… and to make this come to life, face paint is a must. But with all the excitement of eating candy and getting ready to trick-or-treat, the paint has a tendency to smear on unwanted surfaces, such as clothing or sofas. Take a bite of candy, relax, and let your children have fun. Once they head out, you can turn yourself into a wizard and make the face paint stains disappear. Wet your magical, white towel or microfiber cloth with cold water and, using different sides of the cloth, continue to blot the soiled area until… poof! The paint stains are gone.
Mad Scientist’s Baking Laboratory
Transform your kitchen into a mad scientist’s lab and mix up some Halloween treats with your kids for a school costume parade or neighborhood party… but don’t let the cleanup scare you. Before the baking experiments begin, use your sink as a beaker for a mixture of warm, soapy water. To help ease the cleanup process, place the used lab tools – the mixing bowls, spoons and spatulas – directly into the soapy water as soon as you’re done using them. Then you can spend the time decorating and enjoying the baked goods, instead of going mad scrubbing dishes.
Creepy, Crawly Treasure Hunt
Before the trick-or-treaters arrive, it’s fun to get into the Halloween spirit and decorate the house and front yard with spooky decorations. But when All Hallows’ Eve comes to end, no one wants to run into those creepy, crawly surprises. Get the family together for a Halloween treasure hunt to find all the spiders, witch hats, cobwebs and skeletons throughout the house and front yard – whoever finds the most might just be rewarded with an extra piece of Halloween candy.
If parents follow these tips, their work will be minimized and their children will be happy as larks. Have fun tomorrow evening and Happy Halloween!