Time for Peaceful Pretending!
Children learn from the choices you help them make. Will their Halloween costume:
- teach the values that you want to encourage?
- promote positive, cooperative play and empathy for others?
- be age-appropriate and family-friendly?
- encourage cultural respect and avoid stereotypes?
Commercialism can dominate your child’s
Halloween and impact your infuence as a
parent. Some tips to help:
- Work with your child early to help
develop an idea.
- Look for positive role models –
- Ask your child’s school to plan for
a nonviolent Halloween. Some
schools announce a theme for their
celebrations: characters from
literature, period costumes, circus.
- Be creative! Face paints, felt, and
paper maché can let loose the inner
What about Superheroes?
- Many children enjoy playing out
scenes they have seen in movies or
on TV. What attracts them to the
- For many kids, it’s the character’s
abilities or powers that are so
compelling. What are the positive
aspects of that Superhero that you
can emphasize? How might a
Superhero be powerful and peaceful?
- Talk with your child about the way
the Superhero addresses challenges.
Could you and your child create a
Superhero who solves problems