Halloween is a tough holiday for a lot of parents. It seems as though everywhere you turn, someone is trying to “out-gross” everyone else. Bloody appendages, body parts, and monsters are everywhere, and sensitive children may not react well to being exposed to them constantly. They’re in the stores; they’re online; they’re seemingly everywhere.
You don’t want your little ones scared. You don’t really want your bigger ones playing with those things, or engaged in those activities. All the blood and gore…when did a plea for candy become an excuse for kids to scare one another half to death or gross one another out as much as possible?
The good news is, there are plenty of things you can do to avoid at least a portion of those—though you may not be able to hide in your house for the entire month of October.
Make your own costumes…or at least know how your kids want to dress up before you head for the store. If you’re making your own, it’s possible that you’ll be able to just duck quickly into the costume aisle for an accessory or two; and if you already know what you need, you can go straight to that section without having to worry about the “gore” section.
Consider church events for parties and trick-or-treating. At those locations, you’re much less likely to see inappropriate costumes.
Have your own party. If your children are young, you shouldn’t have to mention your aversion to scary or gory costumes. If they’re older, mention it on the invitation. A simple one-line message should be enough to keep the blood and gore to a minimum.
Keep events age-appropriate. If you’re worried about haunted houses, don’t go. Dodge the house that’s decorated just like one on your route. They’re more likely to have creepy costumes and things that will jump out at you on the inside.