Friday, October 19, 2012
Infant Trick or Treating
When we realized that we would have a seven month old for Halloween this year we started deciding what to do. Do you take him trick or treating? Does he really need a costume? Many thoughts and ideas were running through our heads. We ultimately made a few decisions on what we wanted to do for Halloween. It is one of our favorite holidays and since we are pagan it is the biggest pagan holiday of the year so needless to say we have a lot of plans for Halloween. I'm sure you want to know what they are...well, you will have to wait. All of our Halloween fun will be up on my blog but after wards. If you have not decided what to do with your infant I thought this post may shed some light and give you some ideas. So I took some polls on baby/parent websites, Halloween forums and of course from my family and friends. I got a lot of fun responses so here are somethings I wanted you to know.
Taking Your Infant Trick or Treating
The overall best way to take your infant trick or treating is to go with another kid, that way people don't feel like they are just giving candy to the adults. A bigger candy bonus goes in if your kid and baby have coordinating costumes. The majority of parents do take just their infant trick or treating. This is not to say that people giving candy really appreciate it. Many said they were not thrilled by the idea of giving candy to an infant. One lady even said
" if the kid can't knock on the door, say trick or treat, or eat the candy I don't like to give them any".
However, majority of parents still do trick or treat with their infant. There are some ways to do it though. I had one person actually say
"I give candy to anyone with a costume. I have given it to a dog with a bucket who was dressed up before".
So if you insist on wanting to trick or treat with your infant and you cannot coax another child to go with you make sure you dress up as well. A bonus goes if you have a family matching/coordinating costumes.
Please do not let this disappoint you in your Halloween plans just remember to always be courteous when you are trick or treating. One of the best facts while doing all this researching and polling that no matter what you show up as (if anything) people still give you candy (they just may gripe about you later). Remember that Halloween is basically celebrating the new year of the nature cycle and by receiving candy from people you are getting well wishes in the coming year. That will help you have some joy and fun on your Halloween. Hope you all have fun and safe Halloween!