Judy’s Early Childhood Halloween Tool Kit

By Judy Hirt-Manheimer, founding director of the International Preschool at the Enchanted Garden

Halloween is both scary and fun for toddlers, twos, and preschool children. Our job as parents and grandparents is to help children feel safe and comfortable as they encounter the sights and sounds of #Halloween.

For young children, it is not always clear what is real and what is not. It can help to practice pretending. This can be done through dramatic play, art, books, music, and dance.

Here are some ideas and resources to help prepare your child for a happy and creative Halloween:

Dramatic Play

Speak in different voices (high, low, sweet, grumpy, spooky, animal sounds) and make funny faces to create pretend characters. Role play using costumes (hats, masks, wigs, dresses, and capes), puppets, and toys.

Art Projects #halloweencrafts are a fun way to decorate the house!

Decorating paper and real pumpkins are a great way to express creativity and explore different elements of Halloween – the scary, the sweet, the glamorous, and the funny. Pumpkin faces express emotions that you can talk about with your child. The carving of a real pumpkin is an opportunity for children to enjoy the process of working together with parents. By accepting a parent’s positive role in realizing their design ideas, children feel both appreciative and listened to. The thrill of creativity is experienced by all.

Books #halloweenbooks we love: