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.
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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