With October here, many families are thinking about Halloween. Halloween costumes are starting to disappear from store racks and people who enjoy creating their own costumes are starting to wrap their heads around how they will create the perfect one.
If your children are under the age of three, likely they will not understand the concept of door-to-door “Trick or Treating” so you may consider staying home, dressing up and enjoy handing out candy to the children who come to you. Halloween can be a very overwhelming time for little ones. Do what will work best for you and your family.
As children become preschoolers, they begin to understand the concept of Halloween and all that it entails. They feel the energy and excitement that comes along with dressing up, going door-to-door and receiving many treats.
Here are some tip to consider to help your Halloween run smoothly:
- Be practical. When planning out your child’s costume, think about how that costume will work running door-to-door, be sure to consider tripping hazards. Masks make it difficult to see and props are hard to carry when running with a bag full of goodies.
- Plan for all weather. When deciding what your child will be for Halloween, be sure to plan for any indoor parties they may be a part of, but also consider the weather extremes that could occur on Halloween night.
- Make a plan. Will the whole family go out or is there someone who will stay home to hand out candy?
- Safety FIRST. Regardless of your child’s age, be sure to go over some key safety rules with them before they go out on Halloween night. Also be sure to have some sort of light up device (glow stick, battery powered necklace, etc.) ON your child so that they are visible to vehicles.
- Set limits ahead of time. With all of the excitement, children typically push their limits. Discuss ahead of time how many houses (or streets) you plan on walking to and how many treats they will be allowed that night (and be sure they know that an adult must check all treats prior to consumption for safety).
One last tip: Remind your children to walk, walk, walk on Halloween night. There are so many children (particularly younger ones) who get knocked over because someone was running from house to house with excitement and not watching ahead.
Children crave consistency and routine and when special occasions occur where routine goes out the window, it is important to lay down some ground rules and expectations. Be sure to stick to the plan as much as possible and remember to have FUN with your children!
Amanda Gobatto is a wife, mom, baker, photographer, crafter, singer, blogger
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