Focus On Family: Dr. Rebecca Nelson discusses Halloween fears

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Dr.Rebecca Nelson                                                                                                                                                 Clinical child & adolescent psychologist with NorthShore University HealthSystem

  1. Children need a sense of control over fears to effectively address them.
  • Provide choices of activities and costumes
  • Let them know what to expect
  • Provide alternatives if activities begin to get “spooky”
  1. Children with sensitive temperaments can benefit from extra planning for Halloween
  • Begin talking about Halloween in the summer
  • Have a contingency plan
  • Day vs. night activities
  • Buddy-up
  • Bring a favorite cuddly along
  1. Getting “spooked” does happen - What to do?
    • Comfort & communicate
    • Get personal - share a time when you as a parent were scared on Halloween
    • Monitor sleep and behavior: If disrupted consult with a mental health professional or contact your pediatrician for a referral.