Kids and Fear
Halloween can be intimidating for some kids. Such fears
are normal and Halloween is the perfect time to deal with
them. It allows anxieties and misgivings to come out into the
open, letting kids manage what is at other times
nightmarish. It is a time that helps kids deal with fears of
death, darkness, ghosts or monsters openly, without risk of
being embarrassed or laughed at. It is important to be extra
sensitive of any child's fears at this time. If a child
shows some fear allow them to express it. Some
kids express fears of clowns or ghouls - if this is so -
allow the child this expression. Show your child that
Halloween does not have to be gruesome - it is also a
holiday for fairy princesses.
Questions of the safety of trick or treating have increased
over the years, particularly at unfamiliar homes -- causing
some parents to discontinue the tradition all together. If you
are concerned about trick or treating, here are some basic
safety rules to follow:
Always carry a flashlight.
Trick or treat at homes you know.
Children should be accompanied when trick or treating. Older
kids should stay in groups if no parent is present.
Flame resistant costumes are in order. Keep
costumes short and remember to stay away
from pumpkins with candles in them .
Stay away from pets you do not
Road safety rules are important. Do not
crisscross the road - go up one side of the road and
down the other side.
If parents are driving kids - drive slowly, with
lights on and be cautious when pulling to the side of
NEVER eat any treats until parents
have had a chance to go through them and inspect
them. Parents should look for tampering of packages
and discard any they believe to be unsafe.
Wear your own shoes when trick or
treating - wearing costume shoes/boots can be
dangerous and uncomfortable.
Not everyone celebrates
Halloween. Avoid homes where lights are off.
Do not to run through neighbors
yards or gardens. Respect other people property.
- Wear a wrist watch, preferably one that lights up. It is easy to lose track of time when out Trick or Treating and having fun. You don't want to be late getting home or worry your parents if you are out with a group of friends.