Spooky scenes, groups of children all dressed up, creepy costumes and haunted houses – these Halloween favourites can be overwhelming for a little one. While there’s plenty to be scared of on Halloween night, baby’s first Halloween should be no cause for fear.

Here are five tips for baby’s first Halloween from Disney Baby, to help tone down the fright night festivities, so your little pumpkins can join in the action too!

1. Head out early

If your baby is old enough and you want to go out and trick-or-treat or take in the ghoulish sights, head out early. In our neighbourhood, children are already out trick-or-treating by 6:30pm! It seems early but for the little ones, the earlier the better. If your neighbours have little ones too, suggest organizing a special event for wee ones before the real action begins.

2. Nix the neighbourhood

If you aren’t comfortable taking your little ones trick-or-treating, or it’s too cold to go out, there are often local baby-friendly events you can bring them to instead. If you’re not sure where to start, try a zoo! Many organize Halloween activities specifically for young children.

3. Go low-key

For a more low-key option, host a small Halloween gathering at home with friends and their babies. Or take your baby to visit family. Have everyone get dressed up in fun, friendly costumes, make a few treats like these frozen ‘boo’-nana pops, or set up a creepy craft station.

5 Tips for Baby's First Halloween

4. Stick with stories

If the idea of Halloween is still a bit overwhelming, and you want to introduce it to your little one slowly, start with a few Halloween-themed tales, like Pooh says Boo! or Halloween Surprise. Books like these are a simple and easy way to bring the festivities home, ensuring that baby enjoys a Halloween treat, and you enjoy a quiet night in.

5. Choose a comfy costume

Whatever activity you choose, if you decide to include a costume, make sure baby is not only cute but also comfy. This cozy Mickey Mouse ensemble features soft fabrics, as well as snap button closures to make mom’s life easier!

What is your best tip for baby’s first Halloween?

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Author

Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

19 Comments

  1. kristen visser Reply

    Actually this is going to be the first time my daughter goes out for Halloween! So I have not experienced it yet but one tip I have is to not over do it. We are going to take our daughter out but not for a long period of time. Just for about half an hour or a few houses depending on weather

  2. we just took our little one to a few family houses and got alot of pics.

  3. Judy Cowan Reply

    Take lots of pictures and keep it simple so they don’t get too tired or overwhelmed.

  4. Florence C Reply

    Take them to visit family and close friends. Don’t forget some cute pictures.

  5. Made the costume a comfortable one , skip the treat or treat door to door and just see family and friends ! Have fun 🙂

  6. dress warmly, and bring an umbrella! i had my daughter in a SNUGLY carrier forward facing for her first halloween – lots of houses had steps and walkways which are awkward for strollers

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  8. SUMMER PLEWES Reply

    Dress warm and don’t plan to run around to everyone elses houses.

  9. Catherine Sargent Reply

    These are great tips. When my son was little we would go to our local mall all the stores handed out candy.

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