For a many kids (and some adults, too!), Halloween is one of the best nights of the whole year. Wearing a costume, seeing all the other kids in costumes, people handing them free candy – it’s a kid’s dream! For a parent, it can turn into a nightmare if your child gets too riled up or strung out on sugar and won’t go to bed. Don’t worry! Your kids won’t turn into little candy monsters if you’re prepared and get proactive about the evening! Make sure they sleep like angels even if they didn’t dress up like one by following our easy tips. Here’s how to make bedtime easier on Halloween:
- First, make sure they’re well prepared for the night by following their normal daily routine and taking their usual naps.
- Make sure their costume is appropriate to the place you’re trick or treating. If you’re going to be outside, then you might need an extra layer underneath to keep out the cold. If you’re going to be in a shopping center, you won’t want the costume to feel like a snowsuit. Making sure your child is comfortable through the experience will help make the experience more enjoyable which will ultimately make them sleep better.
- If your child has a really early bedtime, look for a daytime activity. Zoos and malls are great places to check for toddler friendly Halloween activities. Your kids will still have a great time and it won’t interfere with their bedtime routine!
- For kids that are going to be up a bit later than the usual bedtime, make a plan in advance. Think of what time you need to be done with the Halloween festivities to start your normal bedtime routines (even if they’re later than usual). If you usually take a bath and read a story, then you should do the same thing on this night. Children need time to calm down after all that fun, so just announcing that it’s bedtime won’t be very successful.
- This might be the hardest part with most kids – LIMIT THE CANDY! Three pieces or less as an extra treat at night should be enough to celebrate their good fortune at now owning enough candy to open their own candy shop. Explain to them that there’s plenty more and that they can have a little bit each day. More than three could make it harder to get to sleep and probably upset their stomach right before bed.
Block out neighborhood noise and ghoulish giggling with a little extra white noise. Cloud b’s Sleep Sheep would be perfect to keep out the extra howls and hoots on this holiday night!
Whatever happens, remember that it’s just one night and that you can get things back to normal tomorrow!
Have a happy and safe Halloween from Cloud b!
(And, please share your Halloween night bedtime tips in the comments below!)