1666Halloween Time: Fun or Fear?
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Halloween Time: Fun or Fear?
Halloween is supposed to be a fun time for kids of all ages. And for many it
is. Dress up, hang out with friends or family, and collect candy. What could be
bad? Plenty, if you ask 11-year-old Louise. Halloween is absolutely no fun at
all for her. She knows she's supposed to enjoy the spooky decked out houses,
the scary movies, the haunted homes in her neighborhood.... but it FREAKS her
out. Even the silly creatures in the Halloween TV commercials are disturbing.
Her imagination runs away with her and she has nightmares for weeks.
Louise isn't the only kid I've seen with the Halloween haunts. There are plenty
of normally happy-go-lucky youngsters who cannot handle the intensity of the
visual horrors that are put upon them this time of year. Teens too, although
most are embarrassed to admit it. Their uncomfortable feelings often surface as
mean, irritable, or annoying behavior. The truth is, sometimes a kid's
character is just not built for so much scariness.
But what to do when Halloween is all around us? How can we help our sensitive
kids develop the tools to get through, and possibly even enjoy this crazy
holiday we've created? I'd like to offer a key to soothing the "scaries" from
inside out: a short guided meditation for protection, adapted from The Power of
Your Child's Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and
Success. It's been a fear conqueror, and Halloween is another on the list. You
can adapt the language to fit your child's age and developmental level. Once
you read it to your child a few times (or make a recording*) he'll be able to
start remembering and doing for himself before he heads out the door, turns on
the TV, or shuts his light at bedtime.
Feeling Safe... a Guided Imagery For Protection:
"Be aware of the air going into your nose, down into your belly, and then out
again through your nose. Let yourself find a comfortable rhythm breathing in
and out slowly - one... two... three.., one... two... three... Now, be aware of
your chest and your heart. Picture a Heart Center in the middle of your chest.
As you breathe in and out, imagine a spark of light inside it. It may be as
small as a dot - or it may already be large. It may be white, or pink, or
green, or any color you like. Imagine this spot of light expanding with every
slow breath you take, like a seed growing into hope and love. Allow it to bring
comfort to melt away any fears and worries, filling your Heart and chest like a
"Keep breathing slowly as light gently spreads its warmth through your body,
filling you with peace and calm. You have all the time you need. When this
light of safety fills your whole body, imagine its protection spreading six
inches past your skin. As it grows, notice if your protective light changes.
Out one foot, two feet, three feet... It surrounds all of you - front, back,
top, bottom, sideways - like being in a protective egg.
"Now picture putting a special seal around your safety light. It may be gold,
silver, copper, or any other color. Inside you are safe and secure; nothing bad
can come in. Only good. You are protected by your bubble of safety light.
Anything harmful bounces off back to where it came from....
Continue on this protective journey at Psychology Today here.
* A similar version of this script "Feeling Safe" has been recorded with
musical background for your ease. You can find it on The Power of Your Child's
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