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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 13, 2011 at 06:09 PM
youre 100 % right mattie. people like bingbong sit at home watching fox tell them the white house cancelled christmas and the next day you read and see photos of the president lighting the christmas tree not the holiday tree. just for once i wish they would get their news from somewhere else but sean hannity. as far as a christmas frenzy its true. its just part of the deal. always has been.i,m catholic and love these christians who have the "my religion can beat your religion up"type attitudes .. they act like religion is the nfl . which team will make it to the championship.as far as halloween this article is all nonsense. dont mention witches and goblins? you gotta be kidding me. would i show a pre schooler the movie "the shining" or "the exorcist"? no but a few ghoulies and creepies is just part of the halloween fun. we are turning our kids into wussies.
billabong October 13, 2011 at 06:17 PM
Wow, Jets fan - you're a pro at making generalizations about people who don't know in the least. Nope, I'm not a Hannity fan - he's as much a blowhard as Olbermann, Beck, Maddow, and O'Reilly. But if it makes you happy to think that people who hold views other than your own must be Hannity-zombies go right ahead (and hey, who could blame you - you need some kind of distraction with your train wreck of a football team).
jets fan October 14, 2011 at 12:02 AM
bingbong i,ve read many of your comments in the past and have a pretty good vibe youre leaning quite to the right. i have friends who say the same as you do "i would never listen to sean hannity" but they admit they listen to rush limbaugh in the car. which of two lesser evils there. speaking of evils beachgirl youre 100% no need for the little ones to get freaked out. in a few years they,ll be loving the gore and scary deal but for now maybe "its the great pumpkin charlie brown" i would make as a good suggestion and 1stcav "when youre a jet youre a jet for life" . some people follow a team after they,ve won a bunch of championships. i prefer to root for the underdog. i think thats why the movie "rocky" did so well.
jets fan October 14, 2011 at 12:10 AM
bn by your defensive comments over the kkk in nj article a few weeks ago i,m surprised you dont have obama on a noose. youre house is scary on halloween but for different reasons than witches and ghosts imagine this nut actually thought it would be funny to say he would have a president with his head cut off for little kids to see? what did the old jfk hole in the head display get broken?
BN October 14, 2011 at 12:42 AM
The JFK dummy is in storage. I might recycle it next year along with the pantless McGreevy.
BN October 14, 2011 at 12:43 AM
Personal attack? Tsk! Tsk!
jets fan October 14, 2011 at 02:11 AM
it sure does . there are a few in town that are scary for all the wrong reasons bn here who lives in the 1930s as far as his racial views and others . one in particular all parents should know about is a guy they call the caveman. he drives a white ford van has long black hair in about his 50s. i,ve seen him twice trying to lure 13 yr old girls into his van. a waitress i know in town told me he tried to pull her into his van. i told the cops . they told me "are you going to listen to a waitress?" . that kind of attitude makes characters like bn and the caveman aka molester van as its known very scary this and every halloween.
jets fan October 14, 2011 at 02:15 AM
bn explain "agenda 21" to them. you want to hear something scary ? listen to this mad max beyond thunderdome type of propaganda.
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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