Do you believe in ghosts? During the Halloween season, the politically correct answer is a resounding “Yes!” Even if you think hauntings are hokum, you might want to take the family on a fun outing that centers on ghosts and the paranormal. After all, it sometimes can be fun to get scared out of your wits.
Ghost tourism in the United States has been fueled of late by popular television shows such as “Ghost Hunters” and “Ghost Adventures,” but fascination with the paranormal is nothing new. Throughout the ages, literature has given us classic ghost stories, from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” to Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” to Stephen King’s “The Shining.”
Nowadays, many communities celebrate Halloween with ghost-story hour at the library, haunted houses populated by ghostly characters, and showings of classic movies whose main characters are ghosts. Or, head to the countryside to get spooked on a haunted hay ride or in a haunted corn maze. All of those activities make for great family fun.
Parents have a tremendous amount of influence in the development of a child. Children learn many of their habits by observing their parents’ behavior. Here are 10 ways that you can teach by example and be a positive role model, to benefit your children’s development:
Get ready to welcome ghosts and ghouls. Prepare to indulge in the gory and the grotesque, and the walking pumpkins. Halloween is upon us again.
This bewitching holiday marked on October 31 dates back more than 2,000 years, to Celtic celebrations of the harvest and the coming of winter. It was known as “All Hallows’ Eve,” since it fell on the eve of the Christian observance of All Saint’s Day, November 1.
Halloween is steeped in traditions and customs, and the boundaries blur between the worlds of the living and the dead. This focus on the mystical and macabre has spawned the holiday’s association with scary characters such as ghosts, witches, warlocks, vampires and zombies.
Many parents lament that their children grow up way too fast. The first few years of a child’s life seem to rush by in a flurry of first smiles, foods and shaky steps. When another birthday arrives, parents suddenly realize how quickly their child has grown.
As you observe your little girl or boy sitting on the floor stacking colorful blocks, or attempting to toddle from one piece of furniture to the next, or engrossed in an effort to get a bite of birthday cake from plate to mouth, think about all of the life skills you’ve taught your child during the course of the past year. Then, take a moment to reflect on the lessons that your child can teach you!
Many parents remember Popeye the Sailor Man’s undeniably strong muscles and endless ability to save the day. He credited his strength and bravery to none other than spinach, and adults seized an opportunity to offer the green vegetable to their children. “You want to be strong like Popeye, now don’t you?”
The truth is that this kind of influence does work. With positive creativity and a little inspiration – such as from Popeye – the following tips can help teach our children how to eat more healthfully.