So, going to the store or even driving around town can be unpleasant lately. We settled on pumpkins for our October decorations because Halloween is a bit intense for a sensitive 3 year old. She likes skeletons, spiders, and even blood, so some of it is not a problem. But there are still plenty of ghosts and really creepy imagery. Not to mention people who like to scare small children.
Today at Wal-Mart, Bridgette was truly scared of the Halloween aisles. I skipped the slasher masks and tried to avoid anything that would freak her out. All I needed to buy was some face-paint, but even the example images on the packaging were grotesque! Add in the spooky music they were playing, and she tried to curl up and hide in the shopping cart.
Even after we left the aisles, Bridgette had a tense expression and continued to say, "Mommy? Scaaary."
As we checked out, this huge blow-up skull was at the end of the line (pictured below). Personally, I can't think of a better way to advertise soda bottles... ?
Well, I'm imagining a long night awake with my nightmare ridden daughter, when she pipes up.
"Mom! Look! A happy face!"
Hahaha! Bless you child.
We have never taken Bridgette trick-or-treating in past years because---
1) she couldn't walk, and
2) she couldn't eat any of the candy or chocolate or raisins, etc.
She still can't eat any of that stuff, but we think she would like the process of collecting it.
I was considering taking her trick-or-treating this year, but now my biggest concern is---
3) putting my sensitive child in the position of being terrified.
We've been working really, really hard to overcome her fears of "the nighttime," and she's just starting to sleep well again.
For those of you who have dealt with your own children and their very real fears, how in the world do you go about surviving Halloween?
Thanks! I'd really appreciate some responses!