Solve Your Child’s Halloween Fears
Your child might be anxious about Halloween this year. Many children get scared seeing startling decorations, costumes, and other strangers around at night. Also, being outside in the dark with a full moon may make a child nervous. This year you can try to make your child at ease by reading our suggestions!
Shop for decorations together and talk about them: Talking about the scary decorations with your children will help them to be less scared. Let the kids feel the decorations and know that they are not real. Even better, let your children help you pick out the decorations. Shopping for them and then decorating the house with you will help to calm anxieties. Also, taking the decorations down with you may remind your child that they are only temporary decorations.
Encourage costumes that aren’t scary: Find a costume that is fun rather than scary if your child is afraid to wear one. Princess costumes and superhero costumes are just as popular as scary ones. Also, it would be helpful if you allow your child to wear her costume before Halloween night. This reminds the children that the costumes are just for fun.
Go trick-or-treating earlier: Going before it gets dark outside will get your child excited about trick-or-treating. If she wants to stay out later, she might be more inclined to once it gets dark outside. Also, remind them that they will get candy. Candy is a great incentive! If your children do get scared, however, just take them home. Don’t worry about forcing them to continue trick-or-treating. You will have plenty more years to take them!
Get them excited about less scary things: Embrace carving pumpkins and eating candy. These are two activities that only happen during Halloween. Focusing on the exciting parts of Halloween will keep your children distracted from the scarier parts of the holiday.
While Halloween is scary, it can also be really fun. Don’t worry if your child isn’t looking forward to Halloween this year. Just keep these ideas in mind and your family will enjoy Halloween.