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Celebrating Halloween After a Divorce

Parenting plans typically address how major holidays, such as Thanksgiving or Christmas, will be spent with the children. While hashing out this agreement, however, you probably did not give Halloween a lot of thought. Not surprisingly, this spooktacular holiday is actually a favorite among children, so despite the fact that it might have ranked low in your priorities while going through the divorce process, you will have to come up with a solution for how you plan to share this day with your children.

How to Make this a Special Day for Your Little Witches and Goblins

Many children look forward to this day all year. It is their big chance to binge on candy and dress up in fun, scary, or creative costumes. Although you and your ex-spouse might not be on the best terms, do your best to work together to make this a special day for your children.

If you are not particularly interested in Halloween events or your spouse always handled Halloween duties with the kids, consider sitting this night out and letting your co-parent take the lead. If Halloween falls on one of your days with the kids, you can swap it for a different day to avoid disturbing the children’s usual Halloween routine.

Here are some ideas to help you get through this holiday:

  • Team up to go trick-or-treating: Trick-or-treating is not an all-day event, so if you can set aside your differences for a few hours, you can take the kids trick-or-treating together. Focus on keeping them safe and making sure they do not venture out onto the road or knock on any doors that look suspicious.
  • Split the activities: Trick-or-treating is not the only Halloween activity kids love. You and your former spouse can split the activities of the day to stay out of each other’s hair while still ensuring your children have a good time. One of you can carve pumpkins with them and plan out their costume while the other can take them trick-or-treating or to see a kid-friendly scary movie.
  • If you do not have the kids: Your former spouse does not have to share this day with you if it is his or her day with the kids, according to the parenting schedule. If you are alone on this night and you are used to having your kids with you, create some new traditions for yourself on this night. There are many Halloween-themed activities and parties for adults, so find out what is going on in your area. You can always have a scary good time with your kids on another day. Take them to a pumpkin patch and walk through a corn maze. Halloween is a month-long event!

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