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Dr.Rebecca Nelson Clinical child & adolescent psychologist with NorthShore University HealthSystem
- 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”
- 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
- Bring a favorite cuddly along
- 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.