Halloween is a time of year that is enjoyed by so many children. Fancy dress, games, sweets, what’s not to love? Having a scare-fest is great fun for most of us, but some children can get overwhelmed by the various elements that go into Halloween.
The thing about having a good scare is that the fun comes from being able to control the amount of fright we receive. Think about it, there are ‘scary movies’ that we can watch over and over while biting our fingernails, with a cushion ready to cover our faces. That’s fun. But, on the other hand, there are movies that contain traumatic material that we say to ourselves, I can’t watch that. As adults, that works, because we have learned what feels safe and what doesn’t, and we can protect ourselves accordingly.
This time of year can be stressful for parents and children alike. August is the month when school uniforms re-emerge, books are purchased and the prospect of school days loom ever closer. At Emma Slowe Children’s Entertainer, we very much value education, but going back to school can be an upheaval, especially for those children who might be joining a different class group, or who simply find it difficult to settle.
This month, we’d like to share some ideas for activities that can soften the blow of another school year and position your family to look forward & focus on the fun over the coming months.