by Laura Berthiaume November 01, 2022 3 min read
Nobody wants to be the lame, party-pooper parent that doesn't take their child trick or treating.
But Halloween can be genuinely scary for some children, especially those under six years old.
Dr. Montessori found that from birth to about six years of age, children are CONCRETE thinkers, meaning they’re focused on the physical world - what they can see, feel, hear, and touch.
Before ages ~5-6, they have trouble understanding fantasy and the idea that some things "aren't real". Think about it... your child sees a 10 foot tall skeleton or a motion-activated witch and becomes scared. To reassure them you tell them "it's not real".
But what does that mean to them? It's in front of them. They can see it and touch it. It seems as real as anything else.
The world is often confusing and overwhelming for children under six so adding in fantasy for this age group can just confuse them more.
Not to mention Halloween usually means a change in routine, a late bedtime, and different clothing. It can all easily lead to a meltdown.
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