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October 31, 2017
The best Halloween adventures start with a marathon dress-up session. You may spend an afternoon chasing an excited toddler and explaining why they must wear leggings under their tutu on a chilly night. Runny noses are wiped. Babies are unhappily stuffed into plush sleepsuits with adorable animal heads and paw-inspired footies. Then you walk through a crowded neighborhood while keeping the toddlers within sight and perhaps assuring a cranky infant that it’s almost over.
There are hay rides and porches so spooky your child would rather run into the street than step up and collect candy. And when it’s all over, you’re stuck with aching feet, a headache, and overstimulated and overtired children begging for another piece of candy. Maybe they’re even crying that they didn’t get the sweet treats they really wanted.
Are you ready for a glass of wine yet?
The excitement of Halloween is often followed by parental exhaustion. That doesn’t mix well with rambunctious children who are more eager to dig through their treat bags than surrender to their beds. Here are some effective post-trick or treat sleep tips for all you worn-out parents:
Finally, keep your child’s daily schedule in mind when planning your evening of trick-or-treating. This keeps the power of routine in your favor. You can get your little ones excited for bedtime by infusing the routine with Halloween fun. For instance, special Halloween pajamas may make it easier to get your toddler out of his costume.
There is no guarantee that the marathon dress-up session and evening of parading the crowded streets won’t leave you running for the wine cabinet. Armed with these tips, you can at least look forward to a quiet night of relaxion and sound slumber after the little ones succumb to sleep.