Halloween is a fun time to dress up and go trick or treating, but for our little ones, it can also be a long, overwhelming night with scary twists and turns that younger ones may not be ready for. Don’t stress! Here are some fun-filled Halloween tips to ensure a successful and safe Halloween and trick-or-treating experience for all!
Prepare Your Child Ahead of Time
Talk to your little ones and let them know what to expect. Explain that there may be some scary costumes, decorations, and sounds. Remind them that this is all pretend and part of the Halloween fun.
Modify The Experience to Maximize Success for Your Child
Trick or Treat earlier in the evening while it is still light out for younger ones. This will reduce the element of scariness and ensure little ones do not have to compete with older children when trick or treating.
If walking from home to home is too much for your little one, you can pull them around in a wagon and make that part of their Halloween Costume.
Make a trick-or-treating map of where you will go and have your little one help navigate. The map will indicate a clear beginning and end and assist with transition time!
If the trick-or-treating door-to-door is not an option for your little one, you can explore or organize neighborhood or school trunk-or-treat options for younger children. This minimizes the walking distance for trick-or-treating, creates a safer and more controlled environment, and is easier to navigate for younger children.
Finally, if going out and trick-or-treating is not an option for your child, staying home and giving out candy can be just as fun! For every candy your child gives out, have them put one in their own trick-or-treat bag.
Is The Social Language Exchange Too Difficult?
Make a fun, small, laminated Trick or Treat sign on a popsicle stick that your little one can hold up when going up to doors to collect their candy. You can also make one that says, “Thank you.”
Prepare Your Child To Be Safe While Trick or Treating
Make sure your little ones are wearing costumes that enhance visibility to increase safety while trick or treating.
Teach your little ones to ask you to inspect their candy before attempting to eat it.
Whatever your child’s Halloween night looks like, make sure to have a fun-filled Spooktacular night!
Justyna Balzar is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst with a master’s degree in education. A co-founder of The Hangout Spot located in Norwalk, CT, she has over 15 years of experience with learners of varying profiles between the ages of 3 and 18 across multiple settings.