Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Baby's First Halloween

With Fall rapidly approaching, you may be beginning to think about all of the fun Fall activities you will want to do with your baby. If this will be your baby's first Halloween, that can be an especially fun event.

While your baby will be too young to understand the concept of Halloween or eat candy, it's still fun to dress him or her up in a cute costume and go knock on a few doors in your neighborhood. There are many adorable infant sized Halloween costumes available for you to choose from. Check online auction sites like EBay for gently used costumes (look for items that were only worn one time), or go to your favorite retail store to buy one. Big name retailers like Kohl's department store, Sears, Target, Wal-Mart and Kmart all have cute costumes for babies-- you can find everything from pumpkin costumes to bumble bee costumes. For an even bigger variety, check online costume stores or local stores like Party City-- most have an extensive variety of baby-sized costumes available. If you live in an area where it is cold by the end of October, make sure to buy a warm, snuggly zip up costume with a hood for your baby to wear-- it would be a shame to have to cover up your baby's adorable costume with a heavy jacket!

Other tips for a safe and fun first Halloween for your baby:

Keep it short. While you may be proud to show off your baby to all of your friends and neighbors, your baby does not need to cavort all over the entire neighborhood on Halloween night. Take your baby to just the houses of your closest neighbors. And remember, Halloween is a two way street-- your neighbors will be coming to your door with their own children all night, so you can show off your baby's costume that way, too.

Don't overwhelm baby. Don't keep your baby up past his or her bedtime to see all of the trick or treaters. First of all, your baby may become overwhelmed by seeing so many strangers in one night. Second, some of the Halloween images may frighten your baby. Older children who are dressed up as monsters or ghosts could cause your baby to cry, so don't feel compelled to have your baby in your arms every time you answer the front door on Halloween night-- you never know who may be out there!

Consider doing something low key. There is no law that says that you have to stay home on Halloween night. You may prefer to take your baby to your parent's house or the house of another close friend or relative for a small Halloween get together. You can munch on Halloween cookies and apple cider without having to worry about taking your baby all over the place.

Don't forget to take pictures. Whatever you decide to do, make sure to preserve the moment by taking lots of pictures of your baby in his or her first Halloween costume. You will cherish them for years to come.

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