It‛s that time of year again. Yes, it‛s Halloween!
It‛s time to load the shopping cart with fruit gummies, chocolate bars and candy corn, time to shop for costumes, pull out the decorations from the attic and prepare to scare!
I really enjoy Halloween, but I have to admit I‛m not a big fan of being scared. So, it‛s no wonder that one of my favorite things to do at Halloween is to hand out candy to all the little ghosts and goblin.
(And when no one is looking I get to shove fistfuls of candy into my mouth in between knocks at the door)
As a father of three boys, I am keenly aware that children often have different views about Halloween. While my oldest child has no fear of ghosts and goblins, the same can‛t be said for his younger brother.
If your child is like mine, here are some tricks and treats so that your Halloween night-out, doesn‛t turn into a Halloween night-mare.
Think about their feelings
First, think about how your child already feels about masks and costumes. If your child is already scared by the mime at last year‛s birthday party or the clown that makes balloon animals the mall, then this is you‛re cue to help calm their anxiety and fears.
Next, talk to your child and find out what they know about Halloween and how they feel it. Your Child maybe fine with costumes and decorations however they may not like the idea of something jumping out of them. Knowing ahead of time how your child feels can I help you choose the best option for your Halloween night of fun.
Calm their fears
One idea for your little one who is scared of masks and make-up is to start off by simply making your own masks at home that you and your
child can enjoy.
Another idea is to go a step further try face painting. this is an option if your child is okay with getting a little paint on their face and so that they can learn that the paint on the masks isn‛t real.
Check out all options
A great alternative to the traditional trick-or-treat is
trick or trunk. If you‛re wondering where to find people willing to handout loads of candy out of the back of their car and maybe even and some Halloween decorations is to go looking at your local church.
An option you make not have thought of, is taking your family to a theme park. Many of the larger theme parks have added special events and attractions to provide alternatives to the traditional trick or treating. The key thing to remember is to pick up a map that night. Picking up a map Will help you find the attraction you’re looking for and avoid the zombie zone.
Enjoy your Halloween!
Another great idea to think about is hosting your own Halloween party. Having a Halloween tradition at home will allow you to care for your child’s needs and emotions while still allowing them to have fun. Halloween at home can range from a full-blown costume party to a Halloween movie-night family tradition, the options here are endless. Remember, planning ahead we’ll ensure a fun night where are you and your child can Connect with each other.
John Lawson is the owner of Atlas Child Counseling. John helps kids that are angry, anxious or depressed, to feel better. To schedule an appointment, Call 910-224-2307.