If your toddler is a bit too young to go trick-or-treating, don’t fret! Here are a few events and activities that you and your younger children could participate in.
Before the family heads out, there are a few things you should keep in mind. It’s going to be fairly hectic out there – new sights and frights that your toddler may not respond well to. Make sure to prep them on what to expect, and let them know that everything they experience is fun and positive. Also, don’t forget to bring an extra layer in case it gets cold, as well as a bag to carry water, healthy Halloween snacks, and other supplies.
Younger kids tend to have more energy during the day, but you can still take them out trick-or-treating with the older kids. Although it’s advisable to only take your toddler to family and friends’ doors. Familiar faces will allow your younger children to celebrate without being overwhelmed by strange new sights. If visiting Grandma isn’t possible, you can go to other friendly places that are hosting events during the day instead, such as the Zoo. If nothing else, you could always throw a small party and invite your kid’s friends over to celebrate!
Here are more family-friendly ideas:
Local children’s festivals – usually hosted at parks, churches, schools and such.
Halloween crafts – there’s plenty to create, from candies to costumes to décor.
Pumpkin patch picking – farm visits can include corn mazes and hayrides.
Carnivals – many carnivals adopt Halloween themes for children.
Plays – local theatres often produce fun, energetic musicals meant for kids.
Haunted Houses – though most are too scary, some are themed just for toddlers.
In the end, what truly matters is that your family has a safe and wonderful time celebrating Halloween, and that your kids look forward to next year’s spooky festivities!
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