Make That Halloween Costume Count (And Last)

I’m over at Modern Parents Messy Kids with some timely and simple ideas to help your child get more than just candy out of Halloween. Here’s a little taste.

Whether you buy a costume or make it at home, they can be expensive and time-consuming. You can make those dollars and hours count by not only encouraging your child to have fun on Halloween night, but by helping her to really get into character and to learn a lot as well.

There are amazing learning opportunities in the fun of dressing up for Halloween. Dressing up is the ultimate form of pretending. In costume, you get to really feel like someone else, live in their shoes, and take on their way of being, no matter how fantastical. That ultimate level of pretend is so important to a child’s development because in a child’s wild imagination they step outside of themselves, create new stories, and use all of their brain power to imagine something foreign or even unreal. Pretend allows us to shift our minds from the everyday and the concrete to the expanses of the abstract. Much like a skilled actor, when we really play out a costume, it engages aspects of self-awareness, where we begin to recognize where we end and a character begins. It also takes a great attention to detail, and challenges areas of social skills, like self-control and understanding of some else’s point of view.

So, how can you get more out of your child’s Halloween costume? Read more >>

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2 Responses
  1. kaley says:

    I thought of you all day today as my little ballerina kitty cat alternated between crawling around on her hands and knees, meowing, and doing twirls on her tip toes. Gotta appreciate that imagination! Hope you guys had a great Halloween! :)
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    • Kim says:

      That’s so wonderful! I love it. The pretend of Halloween is what makes it the best. My daughter got into character by aptly naming her deer purse, “Soft Wind.” I thought that was pretty neat. :)

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