Halloween is just a few days away. Are you ready? We are getting there. One thing I want you to be ready with is your camera.

As a mom Halloween is both tons of fun and frustrating. One year I made a full on Gryffindor robe and quidditch broom for my son. He wore it for about 15 minutes and then decided he was too cool to dress up! WHAT!!!!   But it is a fun time to document because we can see what they are in to that year.  We moved to Holton about 6 years ago and the one thing I have love is trick or treating here. Holton has the most iconic trick or treating scene. Brick paved side walks and roads, kids running for house to house, families out strolling, and pumpkins with hollow eyes lining the porches.  I like just going out and photographing the night. It is super fun and I hope you can be inspired to photograph the day and spooky night!

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This is a great day and night to bring your camera out…the real one!  I love capturing my kids when they are dressed up. It is fun to let them imagine and have fun. Plus, this is a holiday that they grow out of…at least until they are an adult (and then some of those costumes we don’t want to document!)

Here are my top tips for capturing Halloween

1.Grab pictures of your kids acting out their characters.

You spent all of this time making or buying the parts to their costumes…have them give you a ninja kick or dance  like a princess. Stand back and give them some room to run, jump, twirl, or strike a pose to look like their character.

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2. Attend School parties and parades

Our schools always go downtown and have a little parade around our square. The whole town comes out and it is just good fun. I love grabbing a few shots of my kids walking with their teachers and classmates (future bribery for sure!). These locations and times of day aren’t the “best” for great pictures. Often they are outside at high noon or indoors under fluorescent lighting.  But since we aren’t taking portraits you should be fine just documenting these fun times.

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3. The “Friend shots”

If you are at school or out trick or treating take some pictures of your kids with their friends.  You can pull these back out at their graduation parties!

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4. Of course.. take them while you are trick or treating.

We often go out before it is dark. I like this time of night because the sun is setting, the colors are amazing, and there are long shadows. I also like to take pictures because I love seeing other adult friends with my kids. You many have older neighbors, teachers, or grandparent’s houses you go to. These are precious memories. I like to stand back and observe. Stand on the sidewalk and let your kids knock on the door.

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5. Do a little dress rehearsal.

If you don’t have costumes that require too much get up (like make up!) have your kids dress up for a little dress rehearsal. Go out the night before and grab a few fun pictures. Sometimes Halloween night is rushed and busy (and honestly…can be filled with lots of sugar high tempers!) so going out the night before is awesome.

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6. Flash Lights

If you are going out at night turn your flash off! ahhhhhh. How will I get light???  Halloween is perfect for adding lights with flashlights and candles. You can have your kids hold the flashlight under their chin for creepy ghoulish light. Or make a fun Halloween dinner with lots of candles. Spoooooooky!

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This year my kids are a witch, a cheerleader, and a guy with a mullet…. should be fun times.

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