Halloween with Your Toddlers

This can be such a fun time for your toddler, and a little scary too. We can encourage our toddlers to participate in Halloween festivities, but let’s not force them to do something they are not quite ready for.
Halloween is a great opportunity to begin teaching how to share (pass out candy) and how to use good manners (say “please” and “thank you”).
If your child is scared by a store display, do not react to the fear by running away. Simply move away and then say “Look how silly that is. It does look a little scary, but it’s not real.” Encourage your child to look at it, but not necessarily to go too close.
Some toddlers will prefer to pass out candy at home or just ride in a stroller with their older siblings. Our little ones will have plenty of years to more fully participate in this holiday when they are older.
Be sure to take a picture – they look so cute and will only be this age once.

Halloween with Your Kids

Safety needs to come first when planning Halloween. Make sure that your kid’s costume fits correctly. It should be short enough not to trip over, the mask should not cover your child’s eyes, and be sure to put reflective tape on dark costumes.
When our young kids want to go Trick or Treating, practice at home first and then accompany them to every door. Carefully check every item collected, and allow your child to keep only those that are store wrapped and not too small to choke on.
Plan on having an adult accompany younger kids as they go trick or treating. Tell them to just stay on the front porch and never go inside a house. And remind your kids to say “Thank you” when they leave.
Never leave a lit decorative candle unattended in your house. And if you have a lit candle on your front porch, make sure that a hanging costume or bag will not bump it. And don’t forget to blow out the candle when you turn in at night.
Be sure to take a picture – they look so cute, they are so proud of their costume, and will only be this age once.

Halloween with Your Teens

Sure, teens can still celebrate this holiday, but it is a time to stress responsibility, as well as safety. Some teens get themselves in trouble with shaving cream, taking candy, or playing tricks. Be very clear with your teens about what you expect from them.
I think they should stay with the spirit (no pun intended) of the holiday and wear a costume (as simple as a baseball jersey and cap) if they plan to go Trick or Treating. Remind them to never go in a home and to be very careful about what they eat.
Tell them to keep an eye out for younger children and to be aware of their own safety and those around them. As older kids on the street, they can look for those younger ones who might need a little help. If they are driving, remind them to be extra careful with more children out on the streets than usual.
Before your teen goes out, decide in advance where they can go, what time they need to be home, and who they will be with. Tell them to keep their cell phones on so you can call or text as needed, and so they can check in at a pre-determined time.
And yes – be sure to take a picture – they still look cute and will only be this age once.