Halloween can be overwhelming for a little one with the different costumes, and decorations around. We are not huge on the scary stuff at all when it comes to Halloween, growing up my family actually did a family night where we would go bowling or to a movie instead. Last year we did get take our daughter, only 10 months old out trick-or-treating. I can tell you that there really is no cause for fear in taking someone so young out. Here are five great ideas from Disney Baby for toning down the nights festivities, so your little pumpkins can join in the action too!
- Be an early bird
If your baby is old enough and you want to go out and trick-or-treat or take in the sights, don’t be afraid to head out early. Try talking to your neighbours and organizing a special event for wee ones before the real action begins, especially if you know there are many other younger kids in your neighborhood or town home complex. Or find out who is home during the day, and make your rounds then! People are very understand of your going around early when they see a toddler at the door.
- Nix the neighbourhood
If you aren’t comfortable taking your little ones trick-or-treating, 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. What about doing a little get together at your home for your child and all the little ones you know? Have everyone come over, and play some games. The parents could all contribute a treat or snack to a goody bag the kids go home with.
- Revel with your relatives
For a more low-key option, take your baby to visit the family! Have everyone get dressed up in fun, friendly costumes, make a few treats like these frozen ‘boo’-nana pops, set up a pumpkin playdough station, or a craft area. Last Halloween we went over to my parent’s home early and had dinner together, and then headed out trick-or-treating for a little bit. Once our toddler was tired we headed back and watched a little movie before heading home. It was simple, and low key. Perfect for youngsters.
- Stick with stories
If the idea of heading out with a toddler or infant on Halloween is still a bit overwhelming, what about reading some pumpkin or 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.
- 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! Finding a costume you can layer under is great too so that you can dress them according to the weather.
My daughter was very young when we took her last year, but she seemed to get the concept right away of saying hi and please, and then people would give her something. She loved it! I can’t wait to see what she thinks this year. We are also currently planning a small get together with some of her little friends beforehand. I’m hoping to have some themed food, and a craft for all of them. Any food idea suggestions?
Disclosure: I am a Disney Baby Mom Ambassador and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group; however all opinions expressed here are entirely my own.