Halloween just around the corner, it is another chance to have good festivity time for everybody before entering the winter, especially for children. But it is also a good time to give your children the knowledge about Halloween and its celebration. Every child should understand where Halloween comes from and they shouldn’t only know that there are funny costumes, sweets and carved pumpkins involved. They should also know its origins, its role and what this celebration actually is.
They should be able to identify it and to name it when someone tells them about it. Your child should not identify Halloween with the day of the year when they get a lot of sweets, when they dress up in costumes and when they carve pumpkins. They should know the minimum amount of information when someone asks them about this celebration. Thus, they understand that there is a day of the year when certain things are done, things which don’ happen every day.
You can start telling them about the story of Halloween, where this very old celebration which appeared long before they were born. Also, tell them that people used to make great bonfires to celebrate Halloween and that they dressed up in all kinds of little animals, trying to guess their future. They believed that the ghosts and the fire chased the monsters away and protected the people from them. That is why they shouldn’t be afraid if they see children or adults dressed up in such costumes on that day as they are only trying to keep the monsters as far away as possible.
Once you have told them about the legend of Halloween, you should start preparing them for the Halloween atmosphere. This spirit can be overwhelming for them, even frightening. You can’t know what to expect, which is why you might have some problems. It is possible that they see a lot of monsters and ghosts on Halloween, characters which they believed were evil. Therefore, it is essential that you talk to them about this celebration referring to this aspect, too. Create an atmosphere that they are comfortable with and help them prepare themselves and face the potential fears they may encounter.
Also, they have to understand why there are other people standing in their doors, asking for sweets and stuff. You can explain to them that Halloween trick-or-treating is pretty much the same thing Christmas caroling. You can tell them that people didn’t have too much food long before they were born and that other people helped them with that, which is where this tradition comes from. Just make sure that they don’t understand that they have to go trick-or-treating if they don’t have anything to eat and that this is just the spirit of Halloween.