3 Not-So-Tricky Halloween Night Tips

October 18, 2012 at 11:24 am 4 comments

Halloween is quickly approaching! Got your costumes? Your treats? Your travel route scoped out for Halloween night?

Parents are constantly looking for ways to make this enchanting time of year unique for a child. Arts and crafts projects, cooking, and Halloween-themed activities are fantastic ways to bond with your child while sneaking in a little learning along the way—and Halloween night is no exception!  Here are 3 easy tips for making Halloween night even more enjoyable (and educational) for your little goblins.

Beat the Sweets

Many parents have concerns around the amount of sweets a child is exposed to during Halloween. Set the right example with your child by choosing “treats” to distribute from your home that are more healthy, or even educational! Some ideas:

Sharing Is Caring

Does your little sweetheart turn a bit, well, competitive on Halloween night? This could be the perfect opportunity to talk about sharing and taking turns. Some suggestions could be:

–          Have your child let another child receive a treat first, or let another child knock/ring on the door first.

–          Encourage your child to share treats with a sibling, friend, or other family member.

–          Discuss lessons learned from any Halloween night “sharing” activities that could be applied in other areas of everyday life (i.e. letting others go ahead of you in line, sharing toys).

Count Blockula (and other math games)

There are countless Halloween-themed activities that can help build your child’s math skills. However, what can you do while “on-the-go” with your child on Halloween night? Here are some ideas:

–          Spark conversations about “even” and “odd” numbers while visiting different houses (and see if they can start to identify which house numbers are which!).

–          Notify your child when there are “X” number of houses left on your block, and start a countdown together.

–          Count how many steps it takes to get from one house to the next.

–          Count up the total “treats” received and put into groupings (by 2s, or 5s, or even 10s–depending on your child’s skill level).

Tip: a Math Skills Learning Mat could be a great way to connect what your child is learning with the snacks she gathered!

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alvina Castro  |  October 18, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    We actually have been doing alternative treats these past 3 years at our house. We give away glowstick bracelets and temporary tattoos, goldfish mini packs and rice krispie treats. We never get any complaints and munchkin loves it too

    Reply
    • 2. melissaanddoug  |  October 19, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Mini snack packs and glowsticks – wonderful ideas! Thank you so much for sharing!

      Reply
  • 3. Sarah  |  October 18, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Fantastic Tips! I love the ideas of sticker books and stamps and so on. I think we’ll get some for home and offer alternative ‘prizes’ right at home to trade for some of the candy. I know our kiddo will go for it!

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    • 4. melissaanddoug  |  October 18, 2012 at 11:39 am

      What a fantastic idea! Thank you so much for reading and for your comment!

      Reply

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