Monday, October 8, 2018
Practice Trick or Treat Before Halloween
In our home, Halloween starts much sooner than October 31st because of our daughter's 3.5 year old imagination. She has been practicing trick-or-treating since September 30th.
Almost daily, she puts on last year's butterfly costume, grabs our plastic jack-o-lantern, and knocks "trick-or-treat" on doors throughout the hallway. My wife and I open with a "Happy Halloween" and drop small toys into her pretend collection of gummy dinosaurs, chocolate oxen, and licorice snakes.
"Let's pretend trick-or-treating again!" She smiles.
Mom and Dad switch places, knocking on her doors, and receiving her pretend candy, extending Halloween from a one night event to weeks of playtime.
Add Peppa Pig and Fancy Nancy Halloween books into the equation, and Halloween becomes a month-long tradition that builds family-emotional connections for a lifetime.
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Labels: holidays, parenting, traditions