The Bare Bones: A Last-Minute Halloween Survival Guide

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Dress Rehearsal

Nothing puts a parent in panic mode like a costume crisis on Halloween morning. At the soonest possible moment, have your kid try on her costume, including every bell and whistle. If her facepaint causes an allergic reaction or her dress is too long for a trek around town, it’s good to have a day or two to fix the problem. If the costume choice is still up in the air, check out our guide to last-minute costumes.