Tomorrow is Halloween! Halloween consists of make-believe play, social interactions, and a lot of candy! It is a time to have fun, but for many of our kids it may be difficult to comprehend what Halloween is all about. Make sure to communicate with your child what happens on Halloween and what all takes place during the night: costumes, trick or treating, candy, etc. It may be more helpful if a schedule is made in order for the child to know what to expect. Pictures can be added to the schedule to create a visual aid.
Because kids are surrounded by other kids and adults, it is such an opportune time to encourage social skills. Help your child interact with other children and help prepare them to properly go trick or treating. Little LOTL is a great tool to use on this night! Little LOTL can be decorated before going trick or treating and can accompany your child. Explain to your child that Little LOTL is there to have fun with him or her and that he wants to make new friends! Be creative with Little LOTL, and utilize him to help you explain and provide comfort for your child during Halloween. And don't forget: take a picture with Little LOTL and your child while in Halloween costume and send it in to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Many exciting things are occurring during Halloween so if you can tell your child needs a break, give them one. It is essential to communicate and show your child that if they feel overwhelmed at any time during Halloween you are there to support them.
BE SAFE AND HAVE FUN!