Happy Halloween Everyone! Here are some tips to help keep your child’s sleep on track while still enjoying the fun of this spooky evening!
Plan ahead, for example, if your children usually go to bed at 7:30 then it’s important to have a time in mind that you’d like to see them leave the house, how long they’ll be out and how willing you are to move bedtime later.
Have an easy dinner planned so you can get the kids out the door at the scheduled time and have a return time in place before kids head out the door.
Set a candy limit ahead of time. 3 treats on Halloween night is enough to feel special but not too much that it’s going to wire your child on sugar.
I recommend not letting bedtime go later than 30 minutes past the regular time or their sleep debt will be too high the next day and depending on how late they are up, it can take up to 3 or 4 days to catch up on that sleep. This is especially important this year as well because Halloween falls on a school/work night, you don’t want to be battling your child the next day to get up and get moving!
Don’t rush the bedtime routine too much. It’s very difficult for children (especially if they are wound up from an exciting sugar charged evening) to just jump into bed and go to sleep. A warm bath, a couple stories and even some warm milk can help their bodies transition from day to night and will calm their excitement so that sleep will come more easily.
Stay safe and have fun!