Fright-free Friday countdown is now complete. Hope these tips on how to make Halloween less scary for young children help your family have a Happy Halloween!
#1–Cracklety-clack, what’s in your sack? Let children new to trick-or-treating bring a favorite stuffed animal and/or a flashlight in their Halloween bag for reassurance.
#2–Encourage your child to dress up as something that can conquer what he or she is afraid of. Ghostbusters can take care of ghosts, and superheroes can take care of bad guys.
#3–Reading a Halloween book like On a Windy Night together provides a way in to talk with your preschool child about his or her fears. LISTEN! For school-age kids, it’s a springboard to talk about what is real and what is imagined.
#4–Halloween art can be therapeutic. Encourage your child to draw–and tell you about–what he or she is afraid of.