Your favorite part of trick-or-treating might be face painting and funny costumes. Or, maybe you love to ferret out that last piece of chocolate in a bag full of candy corn, gummy candies, and lollipops. Nothing will compare, though, with the adventure of going trick-or-treating for the first time with your preschooler!
The tradition of trick-or-treating
The tradition of trick-or-treating can be traced back to medieval Halloween celebrations. By the late 1800s, children in Scotland and Ireland would go “guising” on Halloween, donning disguises and going house to house for cakes, fruit, and coins. Children “guising” around a North American neighborhood was first recorded by an Ontario newspaper in the early 1900s.
First time trick-or-treating
Even if you and your preschooler are trick-or-treating novices, you can take a few simple steps to ensure an evening of fun!
Map the Route
Map out your route ahead of time, whether that of a local Halloween block party, the streets around the grandparents’ house, or a festive downtown square. Knowing ahead of time where to park and if bathrooms are available can help to simplify the outing.
Choose the Costumes
Work on costumes together during the weeks leading up to Halloween, and once they are finished, look for opportunities to wear the costumes before the holiday arrives. This will spread out the fun and help to raise your preschooler’s comfort level as well!
Enjoy the Adventure
During trick-or-treating, stay connected with your little one by asking questions with open-ended processing questions, such as “What do you see in this yard?” and “What do you think that costume is?” The new sights and sounds can be overwhelming the first time. Talking about it helps to remind your little one that you are on an adventure together!
Go in a Group
If you are comfortable with the idea, invite your child’s friends and parents to come along. Pretty much everything is more fun with friends, but be sure you take into account your local restrictions on gatherings and social distancing. Play it safe by wearing a mask–it adds to the Halloween fun anyway!
If you enjoyed this blog and want to read more, click below for our blog from last month!
Seasons with Preschoolers
Want to learn more about Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of New Territory located in Sugar Land, Texas? Our mission is to provide secure, nurturing, and educational environments for children ages 6 weeks – 12 years. We help children to bloom into responsible, considerate, and contributing members of society. For more information, give us a call or stop by for a tour! We’d love to get to know you and your family.