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Helping Children with Fear at Halloween

October 8, 2019
Helping Children with Fear at Halloween

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

Someone Else's Dragon



Afraid of the Dark

Afraid of the Dark



Happy Halloween, all!

About the Author

David Sewell McCann

Story Spinner

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.

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