Introducing: The Great Pumpkin Plan - 2017

Discussion in 'Halloween Countdown' started by AuntJamelle, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. AuntJamelle

    AuntJamelle Well-Known Member

    Okay, friends! I got to thinking, and other than some mentions here and there in the HGP/HHP - I don't think we really have a detailed Halloween focused countdown? To help us remember all those little things that add up to big headaches if they sneak up on us?

    I'm willing to bet that many on here already have ways that you plan ahead! So I'm looking for YOU to chip in on the following.

    Because I went nuts and just typed out a plan. Yes, another plan! The GREAT PUMPKIN PLAN!

    What do you think? :)

    I'm proposing that it starts Sunday, September 17th and runs for seven weeks which takes us up to and past Halloween - allowing for seasonal wrap up.

    This is just for fun! I'll post weekly threads and we can chip in, chime in, discuss or just have - hopefully - an AH HA moment and add something to our lists!

    I don't have a blog or website to post the whole plan to so I'll just use the weekly threads for now...we'll see how this goes and evolve from there!
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  2. luludou

    luludou Well-Known Member

    Love it! AJ you always have wonderful ideas :)
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  3. AuntJamelle

    AuntJamelle Well-Known Member

    Thank you, Lucie!!!

    So here is a high level outline of the weeks on the plan:

    Week One: Planning, Calendar and Basic Budget Week Sept 17 to Sept 23, 2017

    - Events/Activities to Participate In
    - Candy Stock-Up
    - Costume Discussion
    - Make a Basic Budget

    Week Two: Planning Continued and List Making Sept 24 - Sept 30, 2017

    - Party Planning (if hosting)
    - Parties to Attend
    - Trick or Treat Planning
    - Family Fun
    - Candy Stock-Up
    - Decor Double Check

    Week Three: Decor Week October 1 - October 7, 2017

    - Decorate for Halloween!
    - Party Planning (if hosting)
    - Costume Prep
    - Classroom Treats (if applicable)
    - Candy Stock-Up

    Week Four: Keep Boo'ing Away Week! October 8 - October 14, 2017

    - Pumpkin Planning
    - Costume Prep
    - Candy Stock-Up
    - Party Planning (if hosting)
    - Family Fun

    Week Five: Almost Scared Week! October 15 - October 21, 2017

    - Costume Prep Finish Up
    - Candy Stock-Up
    - Family Fun
    - Classroom Treats (if applicable)
    - Treat Yourself

    Week Six: Frightening Finish Week! October 22 - October 28, 2017

    - Halloween Clearance Shopping Planning
    - Classroom Treats (if applicable)
    - Fight Last Minute Fright Double Check

    Week Seven: Welcome the Great Pumpkin Week! October 29 - November 4, 2017

    - Celebrate!!!
    - Halloween Clearance Shopping
    - Take Down Halloween Decor
    - The Fate of Halloween Costumes

    I have more detail to share for each topic and we'll try to generate some chatter on things as well!
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  4. HouseElf

    HouseElf Well-Known Member

    Love it! We did our first 'Halloween Fun' event this past weekend, a drive-in movie to watch "IT" and "Annabelle Creation". My oldest son likes ghost/paranormal stories so he loved it.

    Thanks AuntJamelle
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  5. piratemamaof3boys

    piratemamaof3boys Well-Known Member

    great idea. We don't really do anything for Halloween BUT this year I want to go back to the pupmkin patch as we missed it a few yrs and I want to make trashbag spiderwebs. I need to buy black trash bags for cost I need to check out dollar tree.
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  6. MrsSoup

    MrsSoup Well-Known Member

    I love this! I know there used to be a Halloween Countdown somewhere, but I love your outline! It makes so much sense to stock up on candy each week because it's costly. I look forward to reading the details as each week comes.
  7. FrostyShimmer

    FrostyShimmer Well-Known Member

    I LOVE this idea. Fall is such a busy time of year that we always end up with a list of things we plan to do, and then Halloween becomes a last-minute, run to the store for costumes, candy and sorry cries of "Augh, we live in the middle of farm country how can there not be a single pumpkin left within 20 km!!!!!!" FYI, a squash can make a functional, albeit someone disappointing jack-o-lantern. I know this from experience.
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  8. Holiday_Mom

    Holiday_Mom Well-Known Member

    This is a great plan. I would always forget about Halloween until it poped up on the HHP. Most of the children in the neighborhood have outgrown Halloween now so our candy is minimal.
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  9. Minta

    Minta Administrator Staff Member

    My biggest issue every year is carving the pumpkins. We never set a date and usually scramble last minute to get them done and find candles for them. Plus everyone needs to decide a head of time how they want to carve their pumpkin. I need pencil in a date to carve them and either make a plan a head freezer meal or do a crock pot meal for dinner to make it easier for me. Need to buy candles or led lights for inside the pumpkins a head of time.
  10. AuntJamelle

    AuntJamelle Well-Known Member

    Sounds like this will be helpful to some of us - I'm hearing a lot of the same things that I've dealt with in previous years. It's like my focus is so heavy on the HGP and Christmas that WHAM, it's Halloween happens every year.

    Really hoping this approach helps take some of the stress out of it!
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  11. luludou

    luludou Well-Known Member

    Went to the dollar store today and got: skeleton suspenders, black veil, bags to put candy in, burlap garland, hanging ghost.
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  12. Holiday_Mom

    Holiday_Mom Well-Known Member

    Oh my gosh, that is so us! We're so busy with school, sports, and other activities. I always forget about the pumpkin carving until the day before. It just isn't pretty around here at that point. In fact, I just added that to the calendar right now and I'm making it a crockpot meal too. Thanks!
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  13. housewife2

    housewife2 Well-Known Member

    sounds cool thanks look fwd to it. ive already put out some hallloween
  14. Ahorsesoul

    Ahorsesoul Santa's Elves

    I do need to start filling gloves with candy. Thanks for the thread.
  15. holidaynut

    holidaynut Member

    You're right. There was a Halloween countdown and it was on this site when it was also a webpage, not just the forum. I printed it out but I'm going to add this new one to it.
  16. DebbiGall

    DebbiGall Santa's Elves

    -yes I remember it, it was pretty cool. I would love to see it again. and thanks for this new one too!

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