Celebrating your baby’s first or second Halloween this year? This Halloween we will be going trick-or-treating with two kids for the first time, we are so excited to have our littlest monkey join in fun!
Spooky scenes, creepy costumes and eerie eats: these Halloween favourites can be overwhelming for a little one. But while there’s plenty to be scared of on All Hallows’ Eve, getting your baby involved should be no cause for fear. Below are some fun tips from Disney Baby and us to get your baby successfully involved in the celebration. Happy Halloween!
- Be an early bird
If your baby is old enough and you want to go out and trick-or-treat or take in the ghoulish 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. Or find out who is home during the day, and make your rounds then!
Our tip: People with the scarier more adult costumes usually come out later at night so it is a good idea to go early to avoid little ones being afraid of the creepy masks and costumes.
- 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.
Our tip: Find out if your local mall has fun activities planned for Halloween. Sometimes children can go trick-or-treating at the stores inside the mall, that’s always safe and it is full of other little ones doing the same.
- Revel with your relatives
For a more low-key option, have a little party at home or 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, or set up a creepy craft station.
Our tip: If you don’t have family in the city then get in touch with other friend’s with young children like yours and organize a little get together. Make it a potluck and have everyone bring fun Halloween themed treats to share.
- 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.
Our tip: You can also stay home to give out candy to trick-or-treaters, it may be fun for your little one to come to the door to “help” you give treats out.
- 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.
Our tip: Be sure to check the forecast before you go out and try to include layers. Be prepared in case they are too cold or too hot and bring a change of clothes!
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.