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4 Tips to Prevent A Halloween Meltdown

by |  October 19th, 2016

A mixture of Halloween candy, spooky decorations and a later bedtime sounds like a recipe for a meltdown. But, it is possible to have a tantrum-free evening of trick-or-treating with your baby and toddler with a little planning.

Here are 4 tips for a more stress-free Halloween.

Talk about Halloween early. Discuss what to expect, read some Halloween-themed books or take a ride around your neighborhood before Halloween to get used to the decorations. Skeletons and ghosts aren’t as scary if your kids are familiar with them.Stress free Halloween

Have a back up costume. Maybe he has an accident in his costume. Maybe the weather is too warm or too cold to be a fairy or dragon. Maybe one of her butterfly wings rips off. There are so many possible wardrobe malfunctions that it’s best to be prepared with a Plan B.

Be ready to head home in a snap. A toddler who is tired or bored can be set off in second. When it looks like she’s not interested anymore in trick-of-treating or she begins to get a case of the “whiny’s”, it’s best to pack it and head home. Not only will this prevent a crying fit, she might have more fun passing out candy to big kids.

Let the night be special…but not too special. It’s okay if he has some extra candy or goes to bed a little later, but you don’t need to let him consume all the candy corn in his bucket or burn the midnight oil. Doing so will just make for a very tough morning.

They won’t remember how much candy they brought home. So if you have a heaping bag of trick-or-treating candy collected (or leftover), keep it out of sight and send most of it to the office the next day.


More tips for a safe Halloween here.

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Dr. Ari Brown is a pediatrician and a mom. Dr. Brown is Board Certified and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has been in private practice for over 20 years. Her passion to advocate for children and educate families extends beyond the office setting. She is the co-author the bestselling "411" parenting book series including Expecting 411: Clear Answers and Smart Advice for your Pregnancy, Baby 411, and Toddler 411. Dr. Brown has received several professional awards including the Ralph Feigin, MD Award for Professional Excellence, the prestigious Profiles in Power Award by the Austin Business Journal for her service to the community, Austin's Favorite Pediatrician by Austin Family Magazine, and Texas Monthly Magazine's Super Doctor.

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