Halloween is a spooky holiday and can give both adults and kids an extra dose of anxiety.
That's why it's so important to keep your family's mental health first during this season full of frights.
First, prepare for scares! Take your child decoration and costume shopping so they understand that Halloween is all make believe.
Next, acknowledge your child’s fears. Let them tell you how they feel and avoid the temptation to minimize their feelings.
Also, plot your trick or treat route and make sure your usual course isn't too scary or gruesome.
If you believe your child's anxiety is too heightened to handle the spooks, then plan a Halloween party in the comfort of your home or visit a day time community event where small children are the main focus.
Need tips on what to do? Check out our Children’s Hospital event in partnership with Audubon Zoo, Peek-A-Boo at the Zoo.
During the pandemic, families can come to the zoo during the daytime hours next weekend, October 24-25, where kids and families can wear costumes, visit the animals, see the Halloween decorations, and even pre-purchase a trick-or-treat bag.
Children’s Hospital expert, Jonathan Brouk, encourages families to come and celebrate some Halloween fun in a safe and controlled environment.
“In the past, there had been different stations at Boo at the Zoo where children could go and grab their favorite candy. This year, we offer a pre-purchased bag that you can get online. All of the funds raised on these trick-or-treat bags go to support the children receiving care here at Children’s Hospital New Orleans,” explains Brouk.
Purchase your Peek-a-Boo at the Zoo tickets and your trick-or-treat bags here: https://events.audubonnatureinstitute.org/boo/