Easing kids fears this Halloween season

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(STLMOMS)-Halloween is a time for spooky fun, but it can cause children to become anxious. Preschool kids may have a hard time seeing the difference between what is real and what is not on Halloween.

So, how can you help? You can take your child around the neighborhood while the sun is out to show them the decorations. Another way to calm their nerves is setting a Trick-or-Treat plan and explaining it’s all make-believe.

Experts say when you see your child is afraid try not to dismiss their fear.

Clinical Psychologist Kristen Eastman with the Cleveland Clinic says, “These are the kids, at this age, who really do believe that there is a monster under the bed. So they don’t quite get it when someone puts on a mask or a costume. They think that that person has actually transformed into that scary person and they don’t understand that they’re still the same person underneath the mask.”

Experts also say it’s a good idea to allow children to choose the houses they want to Trick-or-Treat.

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