Helping Children with Fear at Halloween
October 26, 2018
One of the unique challenges of Halloween is knowing how to help our more sensitive children manage all the frightening images and experiences they inevitably encounter: skeletons, gravestones, monsters, huge spiders, and other ghastly visions. We have found that stories are the most effective and enduring way to help children process — and then release — these images so they can enjoy all the magic and fun the season has to offer. Here are two stories that we think might help.
Someone Else's Dragon
from the By Thistle By Thimble Series
The story support children in managing fear about something they've seen or heard.
The people of Solvei’s village have a yearly festival that marks the end of the growing season and the beginning of the dark time. In this joyful celebration, the villagers dress as dragons that represent the things they fear. Solvei is too young to attend, but is so excited that she sneaks a peek on the night of the festival — and comes home with many different fears from the “dragons” that she saw there. Her mother explains that she has taken on ‘someone else’s dragon’ and then helps her daughter give the fears back so she can fall peacefully asleep.
Afraid of the Dark
from the Junkyard Yard Tales All Together Now Series
Winnie, the puppy assistant, is afraid of the dark and won't come out of the Warden's office after the sun sets. The others try to coax her out to enjoy the night-time fun, buts she is adamant. Sergeant talks to the Rowlands, a family of raccoons, and they know exactly how to help Winnie not only face her fears, but learn to enjoy the night.
About the Author
David Sewell McCann
David Sewell McCann fell in love with spinning stories in first grade – the day a storyteller came to his class and captured his mind and imagination. He has been engaged in storytelling all of his adult life through painting, film-making, teaching and performing. Out of his experience as a Waldorf elementary class teacher and parent, he has developed a four step method of intuitive storytelling, which he now shares through workshops and through this website.