Some kids begin to brainstorm what they would like to be for Halloween months in advance and cannot wait until it is finally October 31st. But for a lot of children, Halloween can be either really confusing or really scary. Why do you have to dress up to get candy? Why are people dressed like scary things? Are ghosts, monsters, and witches real?
Start with helping your child to understand that Halloween is the time for make-believe, imagination, and play. Explain to them that stories and costumes in school and in the community may be scary but are just for pretend and fun.
For kids at any age, the spooky parts can be really scary. This is a great opportunity for your child to dress up as their role model or favorite character.
Halloween can also be overstimulating. Off the bat, it’s important to keep in mind your child’s personal boundaries when picking out their Halloween costume because some costumes, masks, and hoods may not be tolerable for your child. Prior to Halloween, plan how your child can experience the fun without becoming overwhelmed by the noise, lights, and crowds can help make an enjoyable and memorable night. One option may be to trick and treat earlier, before it gets too dark, or only at a few houses.
Another great option is to focus on Fall activities like apple or pumpkin picking. In Richmond, you don’t have to go far to have some Fall Fun. Whatever you do this Halloween, have a safe and enjoyable night!
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