The days are cooler, the leaves are falling – autumn is officially here! It’s October and that means Halloween in all its frightening finery will soon be upon us. Get ready for costumes, candy, parties, pumpkins and trick-or-treating. Age appropriate activities, mindful candy consumption, affordable and easy costumes and safety are the focus of this month’s Round-Up.
Looking for some Halloween themed activities for kids of all ages? Here are a few fun ideas, such as a Halloween scavenger hunt or making treat bags to take to children in the hospital. Remember, different kids respond differently to new or intense situations. For some kiddos, running around collecting candy with a bunch of other costumed people (and dogs!) can be overwhelming. That’s when a small party or movie night might be more your speed.
It’s hard not to worry about the amount of sugar kids consume around Halloween. The idea of swapping out your kids’ candy (think the Switch Witch or the Candy Fairy) for a toy or money isn’t new, but if you don’t want to ditch the candy, there are alternatives that teach life skills. In our family, we offer our kids the choice to keep five pieces and trade the rest for $5 to $10 to spend at the local toy store. Another idea is to let the kids keep their candy and come up with a plan for moderation.
Offering non-candy alternatives to trick-or-treaters is another way to cut down on the sugar this season. I like the suggestions on Wellness Mama because the items seem like things my kids actually would like, like glider airplanes, stickers and real fruit roll-ups.
Costume ideas abound on the web but I love the DIY costumes on primary because they truly are simple and also quite cute (disclaimer: primary is a clothing website and the basis for all the costumes are primary clothes).
If you aren’t a DIY type, but still don’t want to spend a lot on a costume for your little, some local children’s stores sell used costumes. You can also reach out to your networks (school, church, neighborhood) and organize a costume exchange.
Finally, when the big day – and night – arrives, remember to stay safe. Walk in groups across the street, have some reflectors on hand and make a safety plan.
How do you celebrate Halloween? Feel free to share your ideas and resources about ways to be mindful around the spookiest celebration of the year.