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Taking the spooky out of Halloween

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Halloween is quickly approaching, and though many people enjoy the opportunity to be someone else for the day, for little ones it can be very scary. Not all costumes are kid friendly, and while you can do your best to make sure your child loves his or her own costume, there is no way of knowing what they may encounter other children (or young teens) wearing while participating in Halloween related festivities.

It is important to encourage your child to celebrate in the way that makes them most comfortable. Make sure to take the time to explain that they may see things that look scary (and even just the act of being out after dark, or seeing others run around outside in the dark can be scary), but this is a day that is all about pretend. Help your child that being scared is part of the fun, and make sure they know that they do not have to do anything that they do not want to do.

They may not want to dress up in a new costume, but you may get them to agree to a costume that they play with often, or you may even be able to borrow one of your child’s favorite dress up costumes from his or her teacher. If he or she does not want to go trick or treating, try to find another way to celebrate the holiday, they could help you pass out candy at your home, or you could find an age appropriate Halloween movie to watch, and a few fun games that you could play at home to celebrate.

Holidays are not about what the rest of the world does, they are about the traditions that you create with your family, so make sure that your celebration is one that your child feels comfortable with, and you will have happy memories for years to come.  

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