Health & Fitness

Do creepy clowns scare kids?

Coming this eve?
Coming this eve? TNS

With the recent creepy clown threats and sightings nationwide, how should parents reassure their children (and themselves) that they’ll be safe trick-or-treating on Halloween? Some people are actually choosing creepy clown masks or suits as their costume of choice for the holiday because of all the social media attention.

Therapists advise:

▪  Younger kids are most likely unaware of the phenomenon, and so if they don’t bring it up, don’t introduce anxiety to their celebration.

▪  For middle school or older kids who know about it and are scared, ask them what they are worried about and talk about it. Tell them you’ll likely not encounter a scary clown. Talk with them about what to expect so they know how to react. Advise them that it’s always more fun to trick-or-treat in groups.

Manage that candy intake

In addition to the health impact of candy consumption, teaching children to self-regulate and understanding the importance of moderation can have long-lasting benefits.

Here are a few ideas:

▪  One piece of candy a day.

▪  Have them choose 20 of their favorite pieces and donate the rest to the office candy bowl.

▪  Check out your dentist — many have programs where they buy back candy.

▪  Implement your own backpack program — 25 cents, 50 cents for every piece.

▪  Ask your child how many pieces of candy would be acceptable to eat on Halloween night.

▪  Put half your child’s stash in the freezer and bring it out over the Christmas holidays.

▪  Institute a “daddy tax” or “mommy tax” of 20 percent: kids give a parent 1 out of every 5 pieces.

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