Toddlers get excited about Halloween because it means they get to dress up and have candy. However, the idea of the fun melts away when they realize what trick-or-treating is. Helping your little one with the holiday doesn’t have to be hard! Here are some ways to help make this Halloween fun and memorable.

How to prepare your toddler for Halloween so that they aren't scared or frightened and enjoy the holiday.

How to Prepare your Toddler for Halloween

There are lots of ways that you can help your little ones to prepare for Halloween.

Talk to them to prepare them for what is going to happen

Have fun with your toddler at Halloween by following these top tips to make sure that they enjoy the holiday rather than being scared.
Family Celebrating Halloween with their Toddler By Evgeny Atamanenko via Shutterstock

One way you can help your little one with the holiday is to talk to them.

Let them know what Halloween is about, what you will be doing, and how long it will be. If they don’t want to go, don’t force them, but it is wise to talk to them about what will be happening.

Do Trunk or Treat Instead

It’s hard going from door to door when you’ve never done it before my kids were so scared as we were going out in the dark for a walk when there were lots of other people dressed up as scary things.

Top tips for helping toddlers with Halloween so it's a not so scary experience for them.
Toddler girl trick to treating By Alina Demidenko via Shutterstock

Instead of trick or treating door to door why not try trunk or treating. This is when people decorate their cars and you’re able to walk with your child from car to car. A lot of times businesses or churches put on these Trunk or Treats! It’s nice for parents of little ones because it takes a lot of pressure off!

Dress Up with Them

Toddlers love to do whatever their parents are doing, right?

If your toddler isn’t excited about dressing up for Halloween, then dress up with him or her. Find a costume theme and go with it!

Helping toddlers with a not so scary Halloween by dressing up alongside them.
Mum and Daughter dressed up for Halloween By Alina Demidenko via Shutterstock

An example would be having your toddler dress up like a monkey and you dress up like a monkey!

Check out these Family Halloween Costume Ideas from Dating Divas for fun inspiration to do this with your kids and partner this year.

Do a Practice Run

Before we headed off trick and treating for the first time as a family we did some fun role play of trick or treating.

We got dressed up and my husband stayed in the house whilst we went and rang the doorbell got our treats and said Thank You.

We even walked the route that we would take for Halloween.

They probably won’t stop asking you when Halloween is going to happen. So a word of warning don’t do it too far in advance otherwise you will be asked this 100’s of times a day.

You could always help them know when Halloween is by putting together a Halloween Countdown Calendar like this one from Edventures with Kids.

Try to Avoid the Scariness

While Halloween has a general scary feel about it, you don’t have to make it super scary for your toddler.

Instead, try and avoid the scariness. Make this holiday as fun and happy as you can!

Not all toddlers like scary things. Maybe keep the scary pranks and laughing witches for another time.

Make Halloween fun and not so scary, involve siblings and have a party with dressing up but no monsters and scary witches laughing.
Family celebrating Halloween with Toddlers and preschoolers making it fun and not scary By Yuganov Konstantin via Shutterstock

Check out our Not So Scary Halloween Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers as well as our Fun Halloween Crafts for Toddlers that are a great way to make the holiday fun and not so scary.

Helping your little one with Halloween can be a little work. Just remember as your child gets older, they may just fall in love with Halloween more and more.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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