If your older kid is planning on going Trick or Treating, make sure he or she has a costume on.
It so irks me when I see older kids come up in regular clothes and want candy. At least put on a Halloween themed shirt or something. Last year a kid came over in regular clothes and actually told me what candy to give him. No. I gave him a tootsie roll.
Also, if you plan on taking your kid out Trick or Treating, leave a bowl of candy out. I get if both parents go with the kid but it bugs me when they get all this candy and then have nothing for the neighborhood. I feel it's only fair to have SOMETHING out if you plan on having your child get some candy.
Why do I say this?
Because on a military base, you get tons of kids. The less houses that do it, the more houses kids come to. Meaning the people who ARE passing out candy run out quickly. I bought 8 bags of candy. Last year I did 6 and I ran out thanks to the many number of houses that didn't have candy. Some people might not celebrate Halloween, but many did because their homes were decked out in decorations for the holiday. Most people are honest and will only take one piece of candy if a bowl is set out.
I hope Halloween goes well this year.
And I also hope for lots of chocolate.