12 Trick-or-Treating with Toddler Tips
Oh, the magic of Halloween. However, Halloween can easily turn out to be a nightmare in disguise. Here are a few coping tactics that can help you create a memorable holiday for you and your child.
When choosing a costume for your toddler, sometimes it’s best to put comfort before cuteness. Some of the cutest Halloween costumes are also the simplest. The Superman pajamas with a red cape over the top and the kitten with the tail pinned on a black leotard and cardboard ears fastened onto a headband can be just as cute as an elaborate getup. Whether you want to go simple, elaborate, or somewhere in between, here are 50 adorable costume options.
Hats and Headpieces
Did your costume come with ears, horns, or a hat? If your child doesn’t want the headpiece on, leave it at home. Or secure it to a comfy headband. For hats, attach a chinstrap to keep it from falling off as your toddler trick-or-treats.
Imagine your beautiful little girl decked out in a ball gown, screaming because the netting inside itches as you walk down the sidewalk. For itchy materials, put long johns or tights underneath for added comfort. And remember, when purchasing costumes and accessories, buy only those marked “flame retardant” or “flame resistant.” Have you considered making a homemade costume?
The Right Fit
Make sure your princess has a costume that fits her properly. Tripping over a too-long skirt all night is no fun for anyone. Also, try to avoid costumes made of long, flowing material and accessories that can move or blow over open flames (jack ‘o lanterns, candles).
Avoid Paper Costumes
It is also best to avoid costumes made out of paper, since there is a growing trend of decorating pathways of homes with displays that contain small candles. And if your little one goes for a closer look, there’s a frighteningly good chance of a sleeve or pant leg catching fire.
Masks are not a good idea for toddlers—they can block a child’s vision and cause stumbling on already unsteady toddler legs, as well as being uncomfortable. How often do you see a 4-foot tall Darth Vader that is wearing his mask after 10 minutes of trick-or-treating? To keep vision clear, consider using face paint instead of a mask. There will be plenty of time for masked costumes in the coming years.
Swords and Such
Every Halloween, there’s one little guy who swings his sword around in a grand show of bravery, or a princess swinging her magic wand, that nearly hits every child who comes near. Besides being dangerous, those types of dress-up accessories are sometimes lost along the way and an result in tears, or Mom and Dad is left carrying it the entire evening. If they must have an accessory, choose ones that are soft and flexible. If a mishap does happen, be sure to have a first aid kit handy.
I Can See You!
Apply reflective tape to the front and back of costumes to help motorists see your child. At this age, they will be with you at all times, but you can never be too careful. A toddler can dart off at a moment’s notice, especially with all the Halloween excitement.
In the Darkness
Being outside in the dark can be disorienting and scary to some toddlers. Take your child outside for a few nights before the big night to get them used to the dark. If he is scared, try letting him hold a flashlight as he walks. Here are 5 other ways to ease kids into Halloween, and ways to “unspook” your toddler’s Halloween.
You know this little one. She takes a handful of candy when you ask her to take one piece. The lesson of leaving some for everyone else is a hard one that takes some time to learn. So help your toddler by picking and choosing for them from the bowl of candy. Psst! How much do you really know about Halloween?
The Lost Loot
Remember how hard it was when you were a kid to ball up the edges of your pillowcase and carry it around full of trick-or-treat candy? It hasn’t gotten any easier. The best way to carry that Halloween loot for small hands (and parents) is in a handled plastic or even a large paper gift back with a twine handle. They aren’t Gucci, but both bags have the carrying capacity and the durability to make it through a night on the town.
Halloween is definitely the holiday for candy. However, candy can pose a hazard for babies and toddlers, so precautions need to be taken over and above the normal precautions taken for all children. Parents should inspect all the goodies collected before anything is eaten, and remove any hard candies or small items that could be a choking hazard. If something doesn’t look right, throw it away. It’s always a good idea to know CPR.
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