Ah the good old days, taking our toddlers out on Halloween. While we are looking at the issue of “keeping your toddlers from being cranky on Halloween” we might just as well be looking at how to prevent you from being cranky on Halloween. Taking youngsters out on Halloween is a challenge and it is even more of a challenge today than it was when our kids were young 20-plus years ago.
How do you keep your toddlers from getting cranky on Halloween?
First make sure they get a nap that day. Keep in mind that there will be a lot of excitement. It takes energy to deal with excitement and if a youngster is tired on Halloween you will have a problem. In fact it really wouldn’t hurt for you to take a little nap too. It might give you that extra energy you need.
Don’t dress your young child in Disney’s latest version of Snow White or Prince Charming. Layers and layers of hot and restrictive clothing on Halloween when you are out walking around are going to cause trouble sooner or later.
Make sure before you go out with your toddlers “Trick or Treating” that they have a nice dinner. The reason for this is twofold. It gives them a solid basis of nutrition and if their stomachs are full they will be less inclined to reach into their bag for candy.
If your kids are a little older then make sure and go into areas that are age-appropriate. They should be neighborhoods where there are a lot of kids their age.
However we found that the best thing to do up until about age five or six was to make a list of family and friends and drive a certain route to their homes.
There were several reasons for this. First the kids didn’t get exhausted from walking all around. Next they got to talk to family for awhile and get compliments on their Halloween outfits. We didn’t have to worry about what they were given. Additionally “Grandma” would give a lot of treats so the bag would fill up as if we had gone a lot of places. This would assist us in our final goal and that was to get the kids home early.
Perhaps the best way to see what works to prevent crankiness in toddlers on Halloween is to see what will cause it.
If a toddler is up all day extremely excited they will be exhausted by the time you are ready to actually go out on Halloween. If they are dressed in a heavy outfit and they have to walk a lot they will get crabby quick. What will make that even worse, will be if they have walked a lot and have little in their bag. Then when you want them to go home at a reasonable hour they will “pitch a fit.”
One of the mistakes we often make as parents is thinking that on a holiday like Halloween, Easter or Christmas our kids will stop acting their age and stop having the same needs.
Believe me they will be the same kids.