Halloween isn't trick-or-treating for all kids. Some have fears and are hesitant to get candy. It's hard for many kids to separate reality and fantasy. Remember that many kids think cartoons and characters they see on TV are real. They don’t realize that a scary costume is fake.
Older kids tend to think it’s funny to scare younger kids. Sneaking up, screaming "boo", or tugging on their Halloween bags. Halloween can be unpredictable.
You as a parent can help demystify the fear around perceived scary costumes. When you see someone in a scary costume, say "hello" or "Happy Halloween". When your kids hear a regular voice or see the "monster" walk like a typical person then this helps them understand that it's just a person underneath the costume.
Blanca Cobb is a WFMY News 2 Contributing Editor, body language expert and keynote speaker/corporate trainer who covers nonverbal communication, psychology and behavior. Follow her @blancacobb. The opinions expressed in this article are exclusively hers.