Halloween -- how scary is too scary?

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Halloween -- how scary is too scary?

Question for you all (I'm working on an article and would love to include your feedback). Costumes, decorations, entertainment: Halloween -- how scary is too scary? Some of the replies I've had:

"As mom to little boys after having girls I thought my world would turn into lots of scary looking characters. But really that is NOT the case. They are just as scared of monsters and villains as the little girls."

"I guess anything that is super realistic as far as severed limbs or heads or whatever, or anything really satanic. I personally love Halloween, and I decorate the house and windows with all sorts of spooky things, but I keep it age appropriate for my little guys. I try to keep it more fun and keep the "evil" stuff out of it...if that makes sense."

My own kids each had different thresholds. One was pretty timid about anything scary. Another loved creating really creepy costumes, by the time she was six or seven. What do you think is too frightening for your kids?

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We only do cute little things. For example, this year by girls are going to be a Bee, Lady Bug, and a Butterfly. We also have done the Disney Princesses. I would not do anything scary.

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I definitely think it depends on the kid's age and temperment. T loooooves anything "spooky" (although we keep it age appropriate - like his favorite movie right now is Alvin and the Chipmunks and the Wolfman.) So I would let him do some semi-spooky things for a costume or to decorate the house, but I wouldn't go in for serious blood and gore.

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DD scares really easily. We cant watch scooby doo, or even most disney princess movies cause they are too scary for her, and she is 5! I really hate when people decorate there house all scary with sounds and moving things on Halloween. I end up carrying the kids most of the time because they are scared, and that is even with skipping the really scary houses!

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I say the spookier & scarier the better! There are neighborhoods here that go all out with smoke & sounds & thinging climbing out of graves & all that. They're fun, and our kids know that nothing they see or hear on Halloween is real. We talk about how it's all pretend, and how it's exciting in the same way as a roller coaster because you know it's safe. We talk about how if that was a real severed arm it wouldn't be a funny situation and if a spider were really that big it would be pretty scary, but those things aren't real so they shouldn't be scary. And sometimes we talk about how creative that person must have been to think of that particular thing, and how sometimes the less decorated houses are just as spooky.

Last year we were trick-or-treating with a group from Tiven's school. There was this one *very* spooky looking woman who was making all kinds of weird noises. Some of the kids in the group didn't want to approach her for candy & some actually walked out into the street so they didn't have to pass her on the sidewalk. Weston, barely two years old, walked right up to her & said, "Trick or Treat!" and got a full-sized Snickers out of it! That's my boy. Blum 3

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My boys have never scared easily so they like spooky and gory stuff. They love Zombie movies, so the more scary something is for Halloween the more fun it is. There is a house in out neighborhood that does a full blown haunted house with fog and everything and they love it. My son that is an amputee had the most fun one Halloween when he dressed up like a soldier and we put bloody bandages around his missing leg so it looked like it had been blown off. He had all kinds of people come up to him trying to figure out how he was able to fake it so well and got a kick out of it.

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My children are pretty hardy, there is nothing that really scares them. The "sexy" costumes for girls and women scare me though. Halloween used to be about fun and now it is about perpetrating gender roles. This is not a message I want to send to my kids.

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"blather" wrote:

My children are pretty hardy, there is nothing that really scares them. The "sexy" costumes for girls and women scare me though. Halloween used to be about fun and now it is about perpetrating gender roles. This is not a message I want to send to my kids.

Yes I HATE those costumes. Almost every adult female Halloween costume they sell is some kind of super short mini skirt with fish net hose or something.

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We don't normally do anything really scary. DD2 is afraid of everything (including ants and ladybugs IRL *sigh*) so bloody stumps and monsters do not sit well with her lol.

I think it is mostly what each kid can handle. I can get pretty scared easily so I was never one to watch thrillers alone. My brother will though and did as a little kid.

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My oldest scares easily but the only thing my youngest is afraid of is missing a snack! lol She actually suggested we go to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal this year instead of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. She's a nut!

We never do scary costumes because I just don't like to see them on little kids. Last year they were a baker and a cupcake; this year they are going as Elmo and Cookie Monster. We do a little decorating outside....some vampire things, skulls, and a really cool bat. I try to get something new every year. Have to attempt to keep up with our neighborhood that goes all out for Halloween! Nearly every house decorates and many have fog machines, special effects lights, and even haunted house mazes in their yards.

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We don't celebrate Halloween, but my boys aren't easily scared either.

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Our neighbourhood is mostly wee ones. We put up cobwebs and pumpkins and window clings, but that's it. Nothing too scary. DS scares really easy and even when DH puts on his mask DS goes running. I told DH he couldn't wear that when he opens the door. The kids would freak.

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Yes, I think you have to go by what is best for your child. If it was upto me, it would be very scary but DD does get spooked sometimes so I have to be careful lol. It's always been about being scary in the UK and I never got why in movies kids dressed up like Princesses. That's just NOT Halloween to me.

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