Halloween. It is truly one of my favourites, almost right up there with Christmas. I loved it as a kid and I totally love it even more now that I am a mom. My kids gets super excited every year and I love getting them dressed up. A few years ago, my sister-in-law made their costumes and I was lucky enough to have all 3 of them go out as characters from my all time favourite movie, The Wizard of Oz. Jocelyn had the cutest Dorothy outfit and the two boys were scarecrow and lion.
This year is going to be a really fun one too as the baby is now walking and a little older and can actually go up to the doors for a bit as well. My daughter is going as Katniss from Hunger Games (I loved this choice as to be honest I totally loved this series) and my older boys are going as Super Mario and Luigi, which couldn’t be more perfect for the two of them. My littlest one is going as a dragon and it is super cute. Since this is really Oliver’s first real Halloween, Disney Baby and I have some tips for having fun with baby.
- Be an early bird
If your baby is old enough and you want to go out and trick-or-treat or take in the ghoulish sights, don’t be afraid to head out early. Try talking to your neighbours and organizing a special event for wee ones before the real action begins. Or find out who is home during the day, and make your rounds then!
- Nix the neighbourhood
If you aren’t comfortable taking your little ones trick-or-treating, there are often local baby-friendly events you can bring them to instead. If you’re not sure where to start, try a zoo! Many organize Halloween activities specifically for young children.
- Revel with your relatives
For a more low-key option, have a little party at home or take your baby to visit the family! Have everyone get dressed up in fun, friendly costumes, make a few treats like these frozen ‘boo’-nana pops, or set up a creepy craft station.
- Stick with stories
If the idea of Halloween is still a bit overwhelming, and you want to introduce it to your little one slowly, start with a few Halloween-themed tales, like Pooh says Boo! or Halloween Surprise. Books like these are a simple and easy way to bring the festivities home, ensuring that baby enjoys a Halloween treat, and you enjoy a quiet night in.
- Choose a comfy costume
Whatever activity you choose, if you decide to include a costume, make sure baby is not only cute but also comfy. This cozy Mickey Mouse ensemble features soft fabrics, as well as snap button closures to make mom’s life easier!
Follow these great tips and Halloween doesn’t need to be scary but super fun for everyone. Do you remember your favourite costume when you were young? How are you spending Halloween this year?