First holidays are so special. My first born came along in May so by Halloween he was a plump and silly 5 month old. I'll admit that I had been planning his Halloween costume since before he was actually born. I LOVE Halloween. I always have and I love making costumes even though I can't sew. So I was ready to put together an adorable little doggy costume for my adorable (I mean, he WAS!) little dude.
But then, it occurred to me that I had no idea what to do with him on Halloween. He wasn't old enough to participate in anything like Trick or Treat or Halloween parties for kids. So my heart sank a bit. When the heck was I gonna get to dress him up and celebrate his first ever Halloween?
After my gut reaction to just throw in the towel and wait until the next year, I had an idea. And then another. And then another. We had SO much we could do to celebrate his first big holiday! I just needed to think outside the box. Looking back, his first Halloween was my favorite so far because we made it our own and celebrated the milestone properly.
So I thought I'd share a list of some of those things we did. Just in case you were looking for some fun ideas for your infants this Halloween. Ya know, since begging for Snickers door to door isn't a viable option.
1. Go ahead and carve a bunch of pumpkins. Put all the guts into a big bowl and let baby have fun squishing and playing in the mess. Bath time to follow, of course. Bonus: It's ok if some pulp comes to the lips because, it's actual food! Win.
2. Take them out on a Trick or Treat walk. You don't have to go door to door to beg for candy to enjoy Trick or Treat. Go out in your neighborhood and see all the littles dressed up and enjoy the crisp Fall air. Bonus: exercise
3. Spread some Halloween cheer. Dress up your baby and go have lunch at a senior center or nursing home. Bring your friends and their babies, too. Bonus: You will bring joy to so many people who are forgotten on this holiday.
4. Go to the zoo. Call your local zoo! So many zoos do special Halloween events (Ours is called Boo at the Zoo!) where they invite families to bring their kids dressed in costume. Bonus: The animals are always more animated in the evening.
5. Photo shoot! Fall is such a beautiful time of year. No need for professional photography! Nature is gorgeous enough to create the perfect back drop! Place baby on a blanket on the ground and then add leaves around baby for a leaf pile effect. Let baby explore the crunchy goodness of nature while you snap away on the camera. Bonus: Perfect pictures for free!
How did you celebrate baby's first Halloween? What was your baby's first Halloween costume?
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