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Katherine Lee

How to Help Kids Who are Scared of Halloween

By October 1, 2012

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Do you have a young child who is scared of Halloween? If you think about it, this common problem isn't that surprising when you consider all the spooky and ghoulish decorations and costumes that are everywhere around this time of the year. (There are some Halloween decorations that frighten me--though I have to admit that I'm the kind of adult who has trouble falling asleep after watching a scary movie.)

Whether your child is frightened by Halloween costumes, jack-o'-lanterns, or trick-or-treating at night, rest assured that many kids share similar fears. Read my tips on how to help kids who are scared by Halloween. And be patient and supportive, and know that this is a fear that your child will likely outgrow all on his own as he gets older and the difference between fantasy and reality become more crystallized for him. In the meantime, celebrate the fall season, and make yummy treats and do other fall activities together. Fun doesn't have to be spooky, at least not until your child is ready.

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