Celebrating Halloween with toddlers brings a certain element of innocence to the mix. With a toddler, it may not be possible to go out and party like you would have in the past. Not to mention, trick or treating can get tiresome for your toddler very quickly. Safety is always an issue with toddlers as they are naive and can be scared easily. But, that doesn’t mean having a toddler means you can no longer enjoy the festivities.
Halloween Fun for Toddlers
There are Halloween safety tips and tricks that you can use to keep your toddler safe… and still enjoy the holiday.
Avoid scary costumes.
Children, especially toddlers, are prone to night frights. It is also very difficult, if not impossible, for toddlers to separate reality from the “monsters” that they may see walking around. If you plan to dress up, make sure your child knows that it is you behind the costume and keep the costume simple; for example, go easy on the make-up.
Trick or treating may not be the best idea with a toddler.
If you do decide to take your toddler trick or treating, keep the trip short and visit just a few houses on your block. If your friends and family live close by, it is a good idea to visit those houses as your toddler will be more at ease with them than a stranger’s house. Any more than that and your toddler may not only lose interest, the costumes may also cause your toddler to panic. Toddlers are usually not able to separate reality from the costumes that may be around, causing your child to panic. Trick or treating is not usually a long event with toddlers, if you do choose to take them out. Visiting the houses of friends and family will help to keep your toddler at ease while still enjoying the trick or treating.
Hold a party at your house.
This is a great way to enjoy the holiday and still keep it relatively simple for your toddler. Holding a budget-friendly Halloween party at your house as opposed to going to someone else’s means you can set the terms for your party and keep it toddler friendly. Invite other people who you know have toddlers to enjoy a mellow, yet festive Halloween party.
Candy is a big issue when it comes to protecting your toddlers.
Speaking of candy, toddlers are not aware that some candies may be too hard for them to chew and pose a potential choking hazard. Keeping your child away from the candy bowl, however, can prove to be a bit of a challenge. Make sure the candy bowl is out of reach and that older children and adults know not to give your child any candy without approval from you. It is always best to be near your child and keep an eye on them at all times (even when it’s not Halloween) just in case.
Halloween can be fun for toddlers but safety must play an important role. By following these tips, you are not only protecting your toddler, but making sure they are able to join in on the holiday fun as well.