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Trick or Treat Tips for Divorced Parents

Trick or Treat Tips for Divorced Parents

Although Halloween is not considered a “major” holiday, many young children get quite excited to go trick-or-treating with mom and dad. 

If you share custody of your children, holidays can be stressful, especially if there is no Order or Agreement that divides the holiday, or if your children are not scheduled to be with you this year. 

So, before Halloween arrives take some time to consider the best way to create great Halloween memories with your children.

Here are a couple of tips that can help the evening go as smoothly as possible:

If you can, go together

Going together can show your child that being divorced does not need to get in the way of spending time together on big events. Like other events that will occur in their lives, it’s important you both show up. 

Create a plan well before the night comes

Ensure you both have discussed who is driving, who is buying or creating the costumes and what safety precautions are being put in place; this will help the night run smoothly.

Split the houses 

If you go together and the tension starts rising, alternate each house you walk your child up to. This will limit the amount of time you are spending together and allow your child to spend an equal amount of time with both of you.

Be nice even though it’s a scary holiday

Try to be civil with your ex and put aside any resentment or anger for the evening. Have fun yourself and remember that this holiday is all about the child. 

Plan a Halloween party

If trick-or-treating is not doable as a team, it’s best to split the event into two nights. 

Plan a Halloween party for a time your children will be with you. With a few spooky decorations and Halloween-themed snacks, you can create a Halloween your children will never forget.

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