I love you, and I hate you. The itty-bitty baby costumes are so cute, and the way my kids’ faces light up in anticipation of trick-or-treating is something special.
But also? UGH. Too-sexy costumes for little girls, gory images that give my preschooler nightmares, and more sugar in a single day than my toddler has consumed in her entire life.
Since I don’t think you’re going anywhere anytime soon, Halloween, this year I’ve decided to bring my parenting A-game. Got it? Let’s go.
I don’t think any other time of year packs quite the same punch as Halloween when it comes to parenting challenges. At every turn we’re handed a candy-coated opportunity to answer tough questions (“Mom, why is that girl wearing her underwear as a costume?”), comfort fearful kids spooked by things they see, um, everywhere, and deal with the behavioral upheaval that comes free of charge when you combine large quantities of sugar with staying up past bedtime.
Don’t get me wrong: I love it all. Every year it seems to get more and more fun, and we’ll be partaking in all the traditions this week, from pumpkin carving to trick-or-treating, from melting down at bedtime to arguing over candy consumption in the days that follow. But in an effort to stay a step ahead of some of the sticky situations Halloween brings, I’m also stepping up my parenting game this week.