Trick-or-treating is one of fall’s bests traditions for many families, and this year your preschooler can get in on the fun! From costume ideas to choosing the best time to go, here are tips for how to make the most out of trick-or-treating with your preschooler.
Picking the costume
Make sure to pick a costume that your little one is comfortable in and goes well with the weather. If it’s going to be cold, pick a costume that has layers, or bring a sweater for them just in case. You don’t want your child to overheat either, so make sure to check the weather and pick something adaptable. If this is your child’s first time wearing a costume for a long time, it’s best to stay away from face paint or anything too intricate. Let them help pick out the costume, and remember—it’s supposed to be a fun way to express themselves.
Trick-or-treating is traditionally an evening activity, but your little ones still need their sleep! Many families start trick-or-treating when it starts getting dark but is still light enough to see easily. If needed, plan your dinner earlier so you have plenty of time to trick or treat to your child’s content while leaving enough time for a bath before bed.
Make it a Group Activity
Invite your child’s friends and parents to come along—the more the merrier! Halloween can become a fun tradition where you choose a different friend’s neighborhood each year to keep things exciting and new!
As with many things, when it comes to your children, it’s always better to play it safe with your preschooler’s candy. You’ll want to keep an eye out for any off behavior as they ring doorbells and interact with possible strangers. Before they dig into their delicious treats, go through their bags to watch out for opened items, labels you don’t recognize, or potentially any baked goods, especially if your child has an allergy.
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