Is Celebrating Halloween With a Baby Totally Pointless? Stephanie Watson August 24 2015, 3 Comments
Halloween is such a big deal for kids, but until the allure of trick or treating comes into play, is there much point marking the day with a baby? Okay, so they're not going to be tucking into a basket full of treats just yet, but there are some great ways to mark the day and capture some wonderful memories.
I've always loved any excuse to throw a party and invite friends and family over, and when you've got a new baby it's quite often the easier option. A Halloween party is the perfect way to show off your baby's cute first Halloween dress up for everyone to see. Be mindful of the decorations you choose to dress up the house though as you'll most likely have other little kids round so don't go for anything too scary. You don't have to spend a fortune either...cotton wool makes great cob webs and black bin bags covering the walls make it dark and spooky.
Trick or Treat?
I didn't bother with trick or treating on my baby's first Halloween as I didn't see the point, but if you've got older kids as well they'll definitely want to get out and fill their treat pots with sweets and chocolate. You may as well take your baby with you, even if you stand at the end of driveways with them in a pram. Just make sure you head out early enough so they're not getting tired and cranky. An early start also means there's no danger of the treats running out for the older kids - bonus! Your baby doesn't have to go treatless either, books make good gifts for babies and Halloween is no exception. I did this at Easter when my daughter was too young for chocolate and this year I plan to buy her a Halloween themed book. Meg and Mog is top of my list because I remember it from when I was a kid, but Room on the Broom or other witch or Monsters based stories will do the trick.
Halloween is a great excuse to do some crafts and make keepsakes. At Christmas I made baubles with Rudolph handprints on them and Halloween is the time to make footprint ghosts! Use black paper and baby-safe white paint, paint your baby's feet and mark their footprint on the paper, toes down, then add black marks at the top heel end for eyes and a mouth...there you have it, a ghost!
Dress the part
I love an excuse to dress my baby up and thankfully she loves wearing stuff on her head and checking herself out in the mirror! Even if elf dress up at Christmas and bunny ears at Easter isn't your thing, Halloween is all about the costumes and you have to get a photo of baby's first Halloween outfit. Make sure you pick a memorable but practical costume that's soft and cosy, it is October after all! You'll need snap fasteners for nappy changes and if baby is on the move, consider getting a costume with skid resistant feet. Most of all it needs to be scary, but cute and Time to Dress Up has just the thing with a huge range from bats and spiders to vampires!
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