Halloween

Costume-Making Tips: Nothing to Be Afraid Of When DIYing Halloween

The  homemade, DIY costume is easy - all it takes is a little time and inspiration.  Here are some tips to get you started on a creative costume!

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Costume-Making Tips: How To Papier Mâché

Papier mâché creations: limited only by the imagination (and the laws of physics). For committed do-it-youselfers, papier mâché is the costume craft of choice. It's pliable,easy and kid-friendly, plus it's fun to watch your ideas take shape.

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An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Halloween

Is it your first Halloween in the 'hood? Here is the spooktacular scoop on having a great Halloween with very small children.

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Halloween Costumes for Procrastinators

You can make something wonderful (or at least socially acceptable) with as little as a few plastic bags and a snuggie. Here are some of the last minute costume ideas we came up with.

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Halloween Safety and General Reminders

Halloween in the Slope is lots of fun but it comes with its own unique set of challenges - like how to tell your Princess Leia and Spiderman from the 400 other princess Leias and Spidermen. Here are our top tips for making our urban Halloween safe and fun.

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Where To Buy Halloween Costumes in Park Slope and Brooklyn

Over the years, pop up costume shops and stores selling Halloween gear have been available at the following Brooklyn locations...

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DIY Facepainting

Face painting is almost always a hit with the 3-8 year old set. Hiring a face painter can be expensive, but they bring all the equipment and it's good stuff. You can also decide to try your own hand at making it happen.

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Food Allergies and Halloween: What to Do?

So your little one has food allergies. How do you handle Halloween, a holiday where allergens - more scary than the ghosts and witches out at night - will be everywhere?

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Reminders: Halloween and kids with Special Needs

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Please be accepting of all children who arrive at your front door on Halloween because sometimes they are struggling with hidden challenges and the act of trick or treating doesn't come easily to them. They are thankful in their hearts and minds even if they may not tell you!

  • The child who are grabbing more than one piece of candy may have poor fine motor skills.

  • The child who takes forever to pick out 1 piece of candy may have poor motor planning issues.

  • The child who does not say, "Trick-or-treat," or "Thank you!" may be painfully shy, non-verbal, or selectively mute for reasons other than poor manners. These parents often will help speak for their child but often will wait until they've given pause so the child has a chance to try. If you cannot understand their words, they may struggle with developmental apraxia of speech or have speech challenges.

  • The child who looks disappointed when they see your bowl of goodies may have a severe or life-threatening food allergy. Please don't force candy into their bag.

  • The child who isn't wearing a costume may have a sensory issue (Sensory Processing Dysfunction or Sensory Integration Disorder) or Autism. Please be just as nice when no costume is worn.

  • The child that "skips" your house may be unable to navigate the path to your door due to poor large motor control or may be afraid of your music or decorations. If a child wants to visit your house but seems scared or nervous you could help by lowering the volume or turning on more lights so they can see better and feel comfortable.

  • They are thankful in their hearts and minds. These children may not look you in the eye or act the same but they still deserve to be included.

  • Please keep in mind that a lot of little people may be visiting your home. If you leave your porch light on, please be accepting, patient, & kind. Make a parent feel good by making a big deal of their special child. Those parents just want go see their child enjoy life & get to take part like everyone else.

Tips and Reminders

  • Consider giving something besides candy like stickers, glow sticks or bubble bottles.

  • Get down and be at the kids’ level when giving out your treats.

  • Practice patience for kids who take an extra long time

  • Smile at everyone without expecting a Thank You or Trick or Treat back

If you can make a parent with a special needs child at ease you’ll be giving a treat beyond candy!

Here’s an interesting article about Halloween from a mom with a child with autism. As she says:

"Be patient friends," she said. "Kiddos like Super Cooper don't know 'what' they are supposed to do or 'why' they are even doing it. Trick-or-treating is strange in general. Then add in costumes, sugar, people, noises, excitement, and a crazy brother and the whole situation gets escalated quickly. If you see me, know that I am sweating buckets and trying to hold it together. We love smiles and understanding and when you say hi!"

Be Kind. Be Patient. It's everyone's Halloween!  

Photo courtesy of Unplash: Bee Felten-Leidel