Dear Diary,

Caitlynn and I will go trick-or-treating for the very first time tonight. Last year, my little goblin spent Halloween with her father. And the year before, she was too tiny to know why she dressed up like a cat. This year is different! We’ll celebrate her mini milestone by filling our bellies with lots of sweets and treats. She told me she would share her stash, since I didn’t have my own pink pumpkin bucket to collect candy. To get in some practice, she paraded with other animals, princesses and superheroes at preschool.  Seemed like we all shopped in the same store!


For today’s party, Caitlynn picked out her own costume. Her first choice–a scary monster–was shot down. I don’t think she even knew what that meant! So, she settled on her second pick–a pig. She has been snorting around the house ever since.


Here’s How to Prepare a Toddler to Trick-or-Treat

Watch a Holiday Themed Program

Netflix offers a long line up of Halloween cartoons and family movies. We’ll tune into Curious George A Halloween Boofest, Barney Halloween Party, Disney Spooky Buddies or Jake and the Never Land Pirates’ Night of the Golden Pirate Pumpkin and Trick or Treasure.  Of course, we can’t watch every episode in one evening. Because rain is in the forecast, I don’t plan on trick-or-treating for long. We’ll have a Halloween activity when we return home. What’s more fun than eating chocolate and watching television?


Define What’s Pretend

While watching a Netflix program, talk about what’re real and what’s pretend. Point out that dogs don’t really talk and ghosts don’t really hover above your house. Let your child know that Halloween is a fun time to play pretend. Talk about the different costumes you might see and that a real person is behind what may be a scary mask.

Review Rules

Let your child know that it’s OK to be excited, but rules must be followed. Review your rules, such as holding someone’s hand, looking both ways before you cross the street and keeping up with the group. When they put on their costumes, pretend to put on their listening ears. Also explain that adults must check children’s candy before they eat it.

Hey DFTM Fam–Is your child celebrating his/her first Halloween? Are you going trick-or-treating tonight?

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Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

2 Responses

  1. Guest

    It was our first time trick or treating. Last year my strawberry handed out goodies to all the lovely costumed kids.
    Although she is approaching two years old she really enjoyed trick or treating with her cousins. She walked up proud with her pink bucket, said trick or treat

  2. MJ

    It was our first time trick or treating. Last year my strawberry handed out goodies to all the lovely costumed kids.
    Although she is approaching two years old she really enjoyed trick or treating with her cousins.


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