How to Explain Halloween to Little Ones
Halloween is one of America’s most fun and wacky holidays, one we’ve been celebrating for a long, long time. For grown-ups, Halloween is a zany holiday when we watch scary movies, put up spooky decorations, and go to costume parties to live it up with other adults. But for young children, the true light-heartedness of Halloween may not always shine through – they may be scared or intimidated by someone’s costume or the animatronic zombie decorations that just popped up next door. Here’s a quick guide on how to explain the true good-nature of Halloween to young children, and a list of safety measures to cover before they go trick-or-treating:
In the middle of October, people around the country start putting up Halloween decorations everywhere – at school, at grocery stores, and in the the outside and inside of their houses. The popular colors are orange, black, and dark purple. And sometimes these decorations you might see – spiders and webs, ghosts, ghouls, coffins, and scary masks – can make you feel afraid.
This is simply because Halloween is a special day when people want to feel surprised and scared. When we’re frightened, our hearts beat fast and we get excited. It is important to remember that the scary things you see around Halloween are NOT REAL. Zombies, ghosts, witches, mummies, vampires, none of them exist! They are just pretend, and if you see a person dressed up like this remember, underneath their outfit they are a nice person who just wants to pretend – for a day or night – that they are something else.
If you get scared, let mommy and daddy know. we will keep you safe.
One of Halloween’s greatest traditions is the carving of jack-o’-lanterns when we buy orange pumpkins and clean out their insides. (Quick tip: save the seeds and cook them for eating later – yummy!) Once the pumpkin is hollow we carve in a scary or goofy face and put a candle inside to light it up for a spooky effect. Voila, now we have a jack-o’-lantern!
Halloween is extra fun too because it’s a holiday that involves parties – especially at school. Teachers allow students to dress up in creative costumes and munch on candy and sweets all day. Fun, huh? But be careful, don’t eat that candy too fast or you’ll get a tummy ache!
On Halloween night, kids go out with their mommies and daddies to “trick-or-treat”. Young ones dress up in costumes and go around knocking on neighbor’s doors yelling “trick or treat!” If you join in the trick-or-treating fun, make sure to carry a plastic pumpkin or bag with you so friendly neighbors can give you a treat – sometimes candy, a snack, or a small toy. But make sure not to forget these rules for staying safe and happy at all times:
-Mommy and daddy get to look at any piece of candy before we munch away
-Candy that is not in the wrapper must be thrown away
-When I go trick-or-treating, I will use a flashlight or reflectors so cars see us walking from home to home, (especially if a street has no sidewalks!)
-Always cross streets at corners and crosswalks, and never run into the street
-Don’t run ahead without letting mommy and daddy know where we are
When I was a kid my greatest costume was… (your turn!)