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October 2014 — Happy Halloween!

By Krysanne Bryan, Educational Programs and Services Intern
Children fear many things – the monsters underneath their bed, the distance between their treehouse and the ground, new and unfamiliar people, the list goes on. October is a great time to teach children that it's okay to be scared and help them face their fears because October is a month known for all things scary. So as we go through the month and prepare for Halloween, let's teach children how to be brave, courageous and how to face their fears.


Halloween wouldn't be special without our favorite monkey, Curious George. This October, your child can celebrate Halloween with Curious George: A Halloween Boofest on October 27th. Children can join George as he experiences all of the fun associated with Halloween. As an added bonus, new episodes of Curious George will be aired throughout the week alongside the Halloween Special. While they're waiting for Boofest, children can enjoy back to back episodes of Curious George weekdays at 8am and 3pm on WHYY.


One of the best ways to overcome a fear is to make it funny. Is your child scared of monsters? Have them describe the monster, draw it, and then add something silly. Give the monster a clown hat, or underwear. This will enable them to use their imagination to take something threatening and add humor to it. The same can be said with Halloween in general. Many children are scared of a day filled with monsters, ghosts and witches. Show your child that Halloween doesn't have to be scary! Here are some ways to make Halloween less about fear and more about fun:

  1. Choose a non-threatening costume. If your child wants to go as a vampire or werewolf, that is great. For those who want some less scary costumes there are a multitude of options from cowboy or pirate, to princess and superhero.
  2. Remind your children that the monsters they see while trick-or-treating are simply people with masks. The younger your children are, the more blurred the line between reality and fantasy.
  3. Have your child make their own Halloween decorations, or have them pick them out at the store. If they have a hand in decorating for Halloween, it might make it a bit more fun. This also applies to snacks. There are many Halloween inspired treats that children will love.
  4. Look up family friendly neighborhood activities. Some neighborhoods have pizza parties at the local firehouse, hayrides, and Halloween parties for children.
  5. Don't be afraid to keep a little bit of the scary in your Halloween fun. It may be good for them to experience a bit of fright, as long as it is age appropriate. You can even have them turn the tables and help you devise a scary prank for another friend or family member to show that scary can sometimes be fun as well.


  • What to Do When You're Scared and Worried: A Guide for Kids by James J. Crist
    This book gives children advice they need to conquer their fears. It teaches them where fears come from and shows them that adults have fears as well.

  • Who Feels Scared?: A book about being afraid by Sue Graves
    During his sleepover, Jack and his friends hear strange and scary noises. Join Jack as he learns from his parents and sister, Ellie, what it means to be scared and that it's okay.

  • Clifford's Halloween by Norman Bridwell
    Emily Elizabeth and Clifford love Halloween. Children can read along as they trick-or-treat in their neighborhood, tell scary ghost stories and much more.

  • Happy Halloween, Curious George by H. A. Rey
    Children can experience all the fun that comes with Halloween by reading about Curious George's Halloween adventures.

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