Parents: Reduce Your Halloween Stress

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Halloween can be a fun time for those of us who have young children.  You get to help them pick out a costume and watch their excitement as they prepare for the big day.  This holiday can, however, be a source of stress for some parents. The cost of costumes and candy can strain the budgets of those with precious few extra dollars.  Parents of children with special dietary restrictions can also feel stress while they are trying to navigate a holiday that centers on candy and sugar.  New England parents may even be debating whether or not to let their kids trick-or-treat after last weekend’s snowstorm.  

Here are some tips to help you keep down your Halloween stress:

  • If your child doesn’t have a costume yet, don’t worry!  Get creative and put something together from the fabric, makeup, and accessories that you have in your home. Your kids will have just as much fun in a do-it-yourself costume as they would in a store-bought alternative.  Plus, you won’t have the added stress of spending beyond your means.  
  • Follow trick-or-treating safety guidelines outlined by the CDC and other child protection agencies.  
  • If you are trick-or-treating with more than 2 children, bring reinforcements.  Having other adults present will help keep control of the outing.
  • Plan your route ahead of time so you avoid any last-minute stress associated with finding the right houses for trick-or-treating.
  • Limit the amount of candy your children eat per day. 
One quick reminder: Please refrain from costumes that are offensive to those with mental illness (e.g., “psychos,” asylum escapees, people in straight jackets).  Let’s make sure this holiday is as happy and stress free as it can be!

For more tips on reducing stress, review our Coping with Stress brochure

--Valerie, Families for Depression Awareness Staff

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