We are celebrating a “First Halloween" this year—and while my 10-month-old may be too young to know what's going on, I'm certainly excited.
The only trick is navigating baby's first Halloween without the tricks and treats.
Here are a few things on my baby's first Halloween bucket list:
Spread Halloween cheer around the house
Since babies are usually very curious of their surroundings, decking out the house gives them some sensory things to touch and take in.
This year, I added a ginormous spider web to our living room and decorated our mantel. My son also seems to have taken an interest in the orange lights and large plastic pumpkin. ?
Schedule a photo shoot
Whether it's in a pumpkin patch or in their costume, having those pictures is something you can cherish forever! I usually go the DIY route, but many local places offer free Halloween photos at various events. Or you could look into mini-sessions with a favorite photographer.
Pass out candy with baby
Since taking a baby trick-or-treating around the neighborhood can be a little, well, tricky, pass out candy with the little babe instead. This is still a fun way to get the “oohs" and “awws" your baby's costume deserves—just from the comfort of your own home.
Check out local daytime events
Check out local guides for Halloween events at family-friendly places like the library, kids' gyms and shops. One of my favorite baby stores in our town is having a “Little Goblins" day that we're looking forward to.
Surprise the grandparents
If you live nearby family, make an exception to the “no trick-or-treating" rule by showing up on their doorsteps. They'll ooh and ahh and be so happy to see their little pumpkin in person.
Visit a pumpkin patch
They might sleep the whole way through (like mine did), but the photos are still priceless.
Throw a baby monster mash
Invite baby's closest little pals over for a party conducive to their sleep schedules. Set out some easy decorations for photos, baby-friendly foods, and snacks for the monster parents.
While baby may not remember any of these things, you sure will!