Halloween and Kids with ADD
Every kid wants a costume that makes their eyes glow with delight. You want a costume that suits your child, is reasonably priced or easy to assemble, and one that is appropriate. Input from your child is important to find a costume that matches your child’s personality. Nobody wants to be seen in an embarrassing kiddie costume! However, some costumes are better than others for kids who are impulsive. Help your child choose a costume that will promote positive behavior. Psycho movie monsters are all over the costume shops. That type of costume encourages a child to act out. Some children can rein in their behavior before it becomes inappropriate. Others can’t. Before buying your child a costume that has a weapon to swing or encourages a bad attitude, make sure that they can handle it. A kid who whomps another child with a toy weapon can be in all sorts of trouble for Halloween.
A second costume consideration is safety. If your child is impetuous, and prone to running unexpectedly, make sure that they won’t trip over a costume that is too large. The costume needs to be seen in the dark, too. There should be some bright colors that will catch the light on the costume. Some type of reflective material is important for the kid who might dart into the street. A light or flashlight that is carried is a good safety feature.
Plan the evening with your child. Let your son or daughter know what to expect. Discuss who will be going and where they are allowed to visit. Never send your son or daughter out on Halloween in a small group without supervision. If they are under the age of ten, make sure that a trusted adult is there to supervise. Some children over the age of ten should be able to walk along with an older brother, sister, or a neighbor. Let your son or daughter know the family rules for trick-or-treating. For children who are visual learners, have a list to read as you discuss the rules.
Children are usually happy with their haul of candy, and they can’t wait to get into it! When the candy comes into your house, make sure that you control where it goes. Decide how much candy that they can eat that night. Before they eat any, go through the candy bag together. Discard any that is old or could have been tampered with. If there are types of candy that your child does not like, set it aside to donate to a good cause. Bag the rest of the candy in zip-lock bags and label them with the child’s initials. Have the child help you bag the candy up into their daily ration bags of candy. Let them choose candy when you decide that it is appropriate.
Have an activity to help your son or daughter unwind for the night. A warm bath and a small snack, not candy, might help. Make sure that they get a good night’s sleep. A nutritious breakfast the next morning can help get the day after Halloween off to a good start.
Halloween comes one day a year, but its effect can be painfully long-lasting, if you don’t have a plan in place to make it a successful night. With just a little effort, your son or daughter with Attention Deficit Disorder can have boooo-tiful Halloween memories to talk about for the next year. Happy Halloween!
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