In this morning’s edition of Mommy Matters, Deborah Best, a professor from Wake Forest University, shares tips on how to help kids have a fun Halloween as opposed to a frightful one.
Here are her suggestions:
- If scary costumes freak out your child… Rather than surprising kids younger than five with costumes you like, let them choose. Toddlers especially love trying on familiar items such as their parents’ clothes, so a big hat and colorful tie might be all the costume he needs or wants. Talk about his costume, try it on, build it up and let him get familiar with it before it’s trick-or-treat time. And if on Halloween night he still doesn’t want to dress up, that’s okay.
- If your child is nervous about trick-or-treating… She’s probably just afraid of the unknown. Help ease her fears by trick-or-treating before it gets dark and starting at a neighbor or friend’s home. Seeing familiar faces and how much fun other kids are having might get her in the festive spirit. If not, take your cues from her and head home.
- If you’re afraid Halloween sends mixed signals about religious beliefs… Relax. From a child’s perspective, Halloween is about dressing up and getting candy, not religious meaning. Rest-assured, dressing like a devil or a monster for one night won’t jeopardize your child’s belief systems. In fact, dressing like scary characters actually helps children overcome their fears.