I know I’ve been accused of turning everything into a Learning Experience, and some people think that means sucking the fun out of everything. I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree on that because I think we had a great Halloween, thank you very much.
We traipsed up and down the streets of our neighborhood with the “park friends” and their parents. We had a dinosaur, a fairy princess, a ballerina and my little witch all excitedly carrying around their bags of candy and doing what they are rarely allowed to do: be out walking around after dark.
But that isn’t all there is to it. Wait for it…. Halloween is also an opportunity to build social skills. For the shy kids, this means meeting new people in a safe space. For all kids, you can talk about (& model) the ways we are good neighbors–respecting property, being friendly, not littering, etc. In our group, we also addressed not asking for more candy, not ringing a door bell more than once, and staying on the sidewalk. We also discussed whether it was polite to ask if there were treat alternatives for kids with food allergies. We weren’t sure on that one.
It was a learning experience for us too. Next year we may try to go with a smaller group. I will definitely wear better walking shoes, and I’ll at least throw a witch’s hat on or something. Everyone ought to get in the spirit of things, including me. Even if I do suck the fun out of everything. :)
More about the Hidden Lessons of Halloween from Parent Further.