• Danielle Elwell

5 Tips to Sleep on Halloween

It’s hard to believe it’s already the end of October and Halloween is right around the corner! Where has this year gone?! Late nights like Halloween can bring a bit of anxiety and worry for some parents as they anticipate cranky, tired kids that is sure to follow after their night of candy collecting. I am here to tell you sleep is still possible! I always encourage parents to get out and enjoy special celebrations, even if sleep gets slightly off for a day or two. It's worth it to experience the joy of these special moments through the eyes of your little one. If you're planning to be out late trick or treating this year, follow these 5 tips on how to handle your child's sleep:

1. Protect naps the day of Halloween.

If you're planning on staying out late, getting in that day sleep will be important! Stick to your normal nap time schedule and maybe even let your child sleep 20-30 minutes longer than usual for one or all naps. For older kids, no longer napping, offer at least 30 – 60 minutes of quiet time in the afternoon. Keep it low stimulating – no electronics!

2. Keep your daytime activities low-key.

Try not to plan too many over stimulating day activities. Save the super exciting stuff for the evening, so they'll have more energy to enjoy it!

3. Shorten your bedtime routine.

Bedtime routines are a huge cue for sleep, so we don’t want to skip it completely. Instead, do a quick bedtime routine when you get home. Skip the bath or do a quick wipe down, put on pj's and get them into bed.

4. Allow an extra 30 minutes of sleep the next morning.

If possible, letting your little one sleep a little longer the next day is okay! For nappers, we don’t want to get their nap schedule off too much for the day, so keep it to 30 minutes. Since Halloween falls on a Sunday, this may not be possible to for older kids. Offer at least 30 minutes of rest time when they get home from school and definitely do bedtime 30 to 60 minutes earlier for a few days.

5. Move bedtime earlier for 1-2 days after (or longer).

An early bedtime will help with your child’s overtiredness from the late night activities.

the next night. If you have an especially tired kiddo, you may need to do an early bedtime for a few days until they come down off the Halloween sugar high ;)

Remember, an already independent sleeper will not be as affected by a one night schedule change. Follow these tips and get right back into your normal routine the next day (with the exception of an early bedtime).


If you are currently struggling with your child’s sleep and getting into a healthy sleep routine, I would love to chat! Let’s get your family sleeping well, so you can tackle schedule changes, like Halloween, with confidence!