Moms Everyday: First Halloween is Here!

By: Stephanie Ramos
By: Stephanie Ramos

HALLOWEEN 2011 IS HERE! I usually don't celebrate Halloween but...this year is a first for my baby and there were just too many adorable costumes! So I HAD to get one of those cute little infant costumes...the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz! If your child is too young to go trick or treating..here are some ideas for this weekend!

~Stephanie

(source: What To Expect.com)

Here are a few ideas for Baby's First Halloween and remember, it's never too early to involve baby in music, crafts and story books:

Have a Baby's Halloween Party
(These activities and ideas will be suitable depending on your baby's age. Please ensure age appropriateness for YOUR baby. Many ideas are good only for older babies & toddlers.)

halloween ideas Decorate pumpkins with self adhesive large foam shapes

halloween ideas Roll out large sheets of paper or use a plain paper table cloth, squirt Orange & Black (washable.) paint on the sheets and let the babies paint pumpkins and bats - Even better if you make pudding paints.

halloween ideas Play Fun Music and Dance, Crawl & Wiggle and Read Halloween Stories

Take LOTS of pictures

halloween ideasParents bring their favorite dessert and/or candy so the Grown-Ups get some Halloween Treats to indulge in too.

 

The Safety-Conscious Costume - Tips from OneStepAhead

Halloween is your child's chance to "be" anyone he or she wants-within reason. Here are a few costume guidelines:

ghotDressing up baby? Beware of loose strings and overly-warm costumes. (A festive costume bunting makes a cute, comfy, fuss-proof costume.)

ghotShorten overly-long skirts, capes, tails, and anything else that trails on the ground. Little tricker-or-treaters are encouraged to glide, pounce, and slither...but not trip over their costumes.

ghotMake sure your little goblin is visible after dark. Fix reflective striping to his costume or treat bag, or make sure he's carrying a flashlight or illuminated light stick. Don't allow your child to wear adult shoes-it's a tripping hazard. She'll still be a regal princess without your high-heels.

ghotBeware of masks that limit visibility. If your child is wearing a mask, see that it fits well, offers adequate ventilation, and provides good visibility.

ghotFace paint is a good alternative for young revelers, but make sure it's non-toxic, laboratory tested, and meets all federal standards for cosmetics.

ghotSecure hats and scarves so they won't slip down over your child's eyes. Kids love props, but if your child is carrying a broomstick or sword, make sure it's made of cardboard or flexible rubber. Avoid anything with sharp edges.

ghotChoose a costume that's suitable for the weather.

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