Guest Author - Dominique Jordan
Every year at the end of October, Halloween arrives and the atmosphere begins to change. When this holiday descends upon the world, our surroundings begin to change. The weather is suddenly a little bit cooler, children are traveling from door-to-door with their parents in adorable costumes in the pursuit of delicious candies, and jack-o-lanterns can be seen on every street corner. But what is a teenager supposed to do whenever this holiday rolls around? Teens want to be treated as adults, yet when this season arrives they begin to don costumes and take advantage of the opportunity to be kids again to celebrate the day. Let's explore how today's teens can celebrate the scary season of Halloween!
Giving teens an outlet on Halloween is a great way to alleviate the pressures of school and adolescence. One idea that would make teens feel more involved in the season would be to have a Halloween party. Parties are great for gathering friends and family members together. By having a party, with adult supervision of course, teens can feel that they are fully celebrating the holiday. These parties can have games, movies, it doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is that your teen is having fun safely with those he/she cares about.
Allow your teen to dress up and pass out candy to kids who are younger than they are is also an excellent suggestion. Just because they're too old to ask for candy on Halloween, doesn't mean that they can't still be involved in one of the holiday's traditions. Those who pass out candy to children on Halloween are very important. They are a crucial part of the tradition of Halloween. By making your teen partake in this part of the holiday, you are making them feel as if they are still part of the spirit of Halloween. Also, as your teen is passing out candy, tell them to smile and compliment the costumes of the children who come to your door. It makes them, and their parents, feel glad that they came to your house in the first place.
Involving your teen in decorating the house or yard is another way to make them feel more involved in the frightening festivities of Halloween.
One of the most important things a parent can do for their teen on Halloween is giving them the rules about Halloween safety. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 1975 to 1996, an average of four children ages 5 to 14 were struck and killed by cars on Halloween night. These tragic accidents usually occurred as a result of children forgetting to practice simple safety tips. Make sure that your teen travels in a group. Also, remind your teen to listen to their inner common sense if they are encouraged to do harmful things.
In the end, it is crucial that your teen realize that Halloween, like any other holiday, should be celebrated safely with the ones they care about. Let them know that, even though they may be outgrowing the season, there are still various ways in which they can become more involved in the celebration of Halloween.