Fright vs. Fun: 9 Rules for a Kid-Friendly Halloween
Monsters and goblins and ghouls, oh my! Has the season of zombies and vampires become too over-the-top for young children? How can you make Halloween more about lighthearted hijinks than heart-stopping horror? Fright-fests can be good fun for grown-ups, but research by Rutgers University psychologist Cindy Dell-Clark suggests that this isn’t always the case for kids. “Halloween is a holiday where everything is inverted and turned upside-down,” she says. “With activities like trick-or-treat, basic things like the stranger danger rule are suspended.” For kids, crossing boundaries and cutting loose can be empowering, but also confusing. Every child is different, but here are some core guidelines to keep in mind as All Soul’s Night approaches.