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Happy Alternative Halloween
Simple Ideas to Take the Scare out of the Holiday

Happy alternative HalloweenTrick or treating can be fun for some children. Others, however, get frightened easily and, as unusual as this might seem, not all kids have a craving for sweets.

Is there anything that can be done that is fun, healthy ... and not so scary?

Parents are starting to get together to offer safe and less nightmare-prone activities for Halloween festivities. The trick is to think of what makes the holiday fun, not frightening.

Playing dress up is always fun for children. Part of what makes Halloween special is that not only do kids get to dress up in their dream costumes...but wear them outside! Try planning a party in the park for the children. Appoint certain adults to lead a game and make stations set up for face painting and funny balloons.

Everyone, including the grown-ups, can dress up. Keep the costumes simple and friendly so that there is not a chance of being scared. If it is too cold or rainy, move the party inside.

Since this is also harvest season, why not celebrate and educate at the same time? This is a great opportunity for children to learn about what harvesting is. Everything it entails is practically forgotten in the shadow of Halloween shock night. Bring the focus back to the healthy traditions behind the holiday. Check your local library for books and activity ideas.

Plan a pumpkin picking outing... then bring the pumpkins back and have a great time "carving" them with non-toxic markers. You can give simple harvest-based prizes for the funniest, most creative and silliest pumpkin faces. Add enough categories so that all of the kids can win a prize!

Prizes can be healthy Halloween treats. Goodie bags of nuts and fruits with some home baked or low-sugar packed cookies make great treats. Small toys like yo-yos and bubbles make great substitutes for sugary favors.

If the idea of throwing a party in your home isn't an option, consider looking for organizations that are hosting fall festivals. churches, school groups and even some police departments for example, are a safe place that you can bring your children. Some have costumes and some do not, so be sure to check ahead of time. Most give the children a party bag to take home so you even save on the cost of the candy!

Adults like to enjoy this holiday, but in doing so the children are sometimes exposed to things they should not be. Very young children do not usually equate having fun with being scared. These ideas include everyone - without the scare element. Make this Halloween a memorable and safe one for your family with sweet dreams for your sweet ones.

About the Author
Katrina Cramer-Diaz is a working mom with a background in education and plenty of experience in parenting. She lives in Virginia with her four children.

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