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Not Too Eager to Celebrate Halloween?

Halloween should be all about doing what’s developmentally appropriate for youngsters, while still making the most of an opportunity for having fun!

Some people REALLY love all those scary Halloween costumes and decorations!  But, Halloween can also be a frightening time for infants, toddlers and the rest of the preschool crowd.  It doesn’t really have to be all about those frightening things that go bump in the dark!

Most early-education advocates believe it should be all about doing what’s developmentally appropriate for youngsters, while still making the most of an opportunity for having fun! The hardest thing about celebrating Halloween in preschool is just deciding exactly what to do!   We really do prefer to celebrate with a happy (and safe) day for all of our children. 

As parents and grandparents, we should all try to focus on the 'fun' aspects of the day. Don't get into the scary aspects of the day or even discuss witches, goblins or
spirits.  Why expose children to that, when they really don't comprehend it?

While we respect that some families choose NOT to celebrate Halloween, most of us really do love our parties and celebrations!

Our "Autumn Celebration" can be just as much fun as some other parties – and maybe more meaningful.  How much *fun learning* takes place at the typical Halloween fete?  This year, try doing a parent/child evening with games, activities and some treats as an alternative. Most parents do NOT want their young children going door-to-dooranymore, and they really look forward to creative alternative activities..

So, if you MUST -- grab your broom and set your cauldron to boil!  Or you can just join with a costume for the the fun , as we *Howl at the Moon* to celebrate *Black and Orange* Day.  It’s  all so exciting, we could just scream with delight !!!

  • We advise parents to stay away from any type of "scary", gruesome, or
    ugly costumes, or decorations as well, as these can be frightening for some of our young children. Please respect childrens’ fears.
  • Think instead about a theme to assist in fostering appropriate costumes. Parents can dress children as characters from stories, so they can relate the experience to literacy and reading, the fun of books.
  • We encourage all parents to serve only nutritious snacks and treats. Limit what your children can eat, and be aware of how much sugar they might be ingesting.
  • Parents need to mindful of the types of candy young children can choke on. DON’T serve anything that you would not normally serve at home.
  • Less can be more. So, keep it simple. We don’t need to over stimulate and overwhelm the children with this type of event.

Let the children really enjoy this time of year.

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jets fan October 14, 2011 at 05:00 AM
john jameson is the guy supplying the noose to bn. if you want to see true bigotry just check out the stuff that spews out of jameson. especially if he;s drinking and off his meds.
Mattie October 14, 2011 at 06:29 PM
Please, feel free to explain your comment, Shore Skeptic. Religion does not belong in our laws, schools or public activities. Not ANYONE'S religion. It's part of our nation's constitutional guidelines of separation of church and state. Why does upholding that constitutional regulation equate me with Adolph? (Who was Christian, by the way....)
Mattie October 14, 2011 at 07:12 PM
I know my history, and how to use Wikipedia, too, thanks. And I didn't say it was IN the constitution per se, only that it was part of our constitutional "guidelines". But you still didn't answer my question regarding your snotty Adolph comment. A nativity scene on government or public property certainly DOES violate "the spirit of separation of church and state", when no other / all other religions are not allowed the same deal. THAT is the issue. It is the arrogance of Christianity/Christians to assume it/they should always get government endorsement, infused into our laws, and top billing as the religious "foundation" in our country. That's simply wrong.
Shore Skeptic October 16, 2011 at 01:22 AM
"Anywhere in public"...care to elaborate? Would this include the banning of religious symbols on jewelry, bumper stickers, clothing? Sounds like Germany in the 30's.
jets fan October 17, 2011 at 12:22 AM
mattie its because of bn and john jameson. they flag remarks that there is nothing offensive in only because your opinion differed from theirs. they have no life so they sit and flag your comment 20 times. the editor doesnt check to see if it was anything even close to offensive but deletes it anyway because of the number of flags. some people on here like these two are basically at the 5 grader level of not wanting any opinion but theirs to be heard.

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