Halloween can be a trying time for parents: Your kids are dressed like lunatics, staying up late, and under the influence of an insane amount of unhealthy chemicals. It’s essentially Mardi Gras for children.

Balancing fun, safety, and your own sanity as a parent on this spooky night is no easy feat. Luckily, we had some veteran parents share their (almost) fail-safe hacks to help you make the most of this All Hollow’s Eve!