31 Bite Sized Tips For Surviving Halloween With A Toddler (from parents who really have toddlers)!

Halloween with a toddler? While this might sound like a storyline out of a horror movie surviving Halloween with kids under 4 can actually be quite fun if you’re prepared and patient.

We surveyed our Gymboree Play & Music parents and 88% plan on going trick-or-treating with their toddlers this year so we also asked them for their favorite tips on surviving Halloween with a toddler.

Here’s real advice from real moms and dads that just might help you make it through to November 1st!

Be flexible, have fun!
Don’t expect to hit a lot of houses; hide candy when they aren’t looking.
Less is sometimes more!
Replacing the candy with healthier options or non edibles when they’re not looking!
Stop when they want to stop.
Get out early.
Be patient and let them enjoy the experience 🙂
Make it fun! But always stay safe and aware of surrounding.
Let them choose their own costume!
Wine!
Have fun and be prepared for a meltdown just in case.
Keep calm!
Bring a stroller or wagon incase they get tired from walking.
Just let them have some candy, they’re only kids once.
Get as much rest as possible before Halloween.
Pray for a meltdown free night!
Follow their lead – if it’s magic for them, great! If not, don’t force it.
Emphasize on dressing up and not candy.
Let them run!
Don’t stay out too late.
Stay in a group!
Bring snacks, a sippy cup, and a stroller.
Make sure the costume is still cute even if they take the headpiece off.
Have low expectations.
Make sure everyone eats dinner first.
Don’t over-plan.
Pace yourself, end the night when your toddler starts getting cranky.
Let your significant other take them.
Hide the dog so he doesn’t bark every time the doorbell rings and wakes up the baby!!
Have fun it’s only for one night.
Be prepared to NOT get any sleep that night.

May the Force be with you…
May rapunzel’s hair stay in place…
May you not have squashed Tootsie Rolls in your carpet this year…

We’re with you mom and dad!
Have fun and Happy Halloween!

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Enter The Gymboree Play & Music #gymboween Instagram Costume Photo Contest

ENTER The GYMB-O-WEEN Photo Contest TO WIN A Goodie Basket!

Gymboree Play & Music is celebrating Gymb-O-Ween with a national costume photo contest and a chance to win a $100 in Gymboree Play & Music product*.

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Dress up for a spooktacular Halloween celebration and costume party. We’re looking for candid and cute photos of your little ones in costume.

It’s super easy to enter.

  1. Just snap some pics and share your favorite costume photos on Instagramwith the hashtag #gymboween and you’re in.
  2. Post your photos by November 1st (you can enter more than one photo) and don’t forget to use the #gymboween hashtag.

You can view all the entries on Instagram at

https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/gymboween/

We’ll be sharing our favorite pics on the Gymboree Play & Music social media channels and one national entry will win a product prize package with a $100 value.

Happy Gymb-O-Ween!

*Enter for a chance to win. No purchase necessary to enter the competition. Participants enter the contest by uploading original photographs through the free Instagram app using the hashtag #gymboween. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use. All entries must be received by 12:00 PST on November, 1st 2017. Entrants may submit as many entries as they wish but no entrant may win more than one prize. The winner will be selected by Gymboree Play & Music in its sole discretion. One winner will receive a $100 prize package provided by Gymboree Play & Music HQ. The winner will be notified via email by November 15th, 2017. The winner must claim their prize within 30 days of notification. Winner consents to the use of his/her name, photo and/or likeness, biographical information, winning entry and statements attributed to winner (if true) for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation.