Tally Time

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Time to see if I did Tuesday's To Do. . .

So far, my kids have not burst into tears at the sight of a gruesome Halloween mask, and they do not claim to be afraid of the dark. They are mostly oblivious to the "scary" parts of Halloween, and I am grateful.

Still, there are little things. The word "monster" entered Big Guy's vocabulary after Halloween last year. He loves to play a game where he runs down the hall yelling, "Ahhh! Monsters coming! Scary monsters!! Ahhh!" Little Guy follows. Clearly, these "monsters" are not the friendly ones, like Elmo or Telly, but no one is really scared or upset. For now, Halloween is all fun and games. I would like to keep it that way.

So, I've talked to some of you, scoured the internet, and come up with the following ways to keep Halloween happy, for the little ones:
  • Check out this book, The Berenstain Bears and The Spooky Old Tree or The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, (seriously click on that one because it is a cool site) or any of the books recommended here.
  • Here is a great article about reading scary stories, and why it can be okay.
  • Focus on happy versions of seasonal animals, like spiders, cats, and owls. Make some cute ones, here.
  • I get a free subscription to Martha Stewart Living - promo with something; can't remember what. I don't always find it relevant to my life (hand-stenciled wrapping paper is not on my list), but she has some great Halloween craft ideas. I actually had Hubby print out her butterfly clip-art, so the boys and I could scatter them around the house. Check it out, here.
  • Turn off the TV. At least, monitor it when it isn't on a preschool channel. Commercials for the latest horror flick are not for young eyes.
  • My kids' preschool just sent home a note requesting no scary costumes and no costumes with weapons at an upcoming party. Obviously, I think this is a good move.
  • Focus on the Fall Festivals of this season. Make October about beautiful leaves, smiling scarecrows, pumpkin patches, and apples.
  • When you encounter something scary, laugh it off. I did this recently with Little Guy, and it worked. He saw a ghost decoration in a place we frequent - fang-toothed, mouth open, arms up in a threatening position. He asked, "What dat?!" with a little fear in his voice. I said, "That's a silly ghost! He is just being silly and making a funny face." That was it. Now, when we go back, Little Guy points and laughs, "Silly ghost!"
  • If you are worried about your kids eating too much candy, consider this idea I recently read about: Let each child choose 10 pieces of candy from their Halloween night loot. Then put the rest out for the "candy fairy," and see what small toy the fairy leaves for each child in the morning. Key: throw away the candy, or you will eat it!
Happy Halloween!


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4 Responses to “Tally Time”

  1. I do not see an application for the Candy Fairy position on this site. Please advise.

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  2. Great ideas - we just had to do the "silly ghost/funny face" thing the other day. It actually worked really well!

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  3. If you decide to go with the candy fairy option I think you can donate the candy. There was a post on our neighborhood parents forum about collecting extra candy for troops overseas. Just a thought.

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  4. If you decide to go with the candy fairy option I think you can donate the candy. There was a post on our neighborhood parents forum about collecting extra candy for troops overseas. Just a thought.

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