Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, and kids

We made it to the end of October!  What a year it’s been.  A few quick thoughts on the week.

Today is Halloween, which means lots of fun mixed with scary.  Halloween is minimized at most schools these days- the most I see is costumes for the little ones, often with a storybook theme, and maybe with a parade for the little ones.  For most kids, school will be pretty normal, but keep an eye out for those who get scared or overwhelmed, especially kids with disabilities who may have sensory issues or not understand fantasy versus reality.  Reassure them, and give them a safe space when needed.

The next day may also be important for some of your students.  For people of Mexican heritage, November 1st is Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.  It is a time to honor and celebrate loved ones who have gone before us.  In Mexican culture, death is not quite as solemn as it is in most Western cultures, as is clear in the calaveras, or skulls, that are seen at this time.  Here’s more information on the holiday.  Catholics also celebrate All Souls Day and All Saints Day during this week, and there are other global celebrations and remembrances of death.  For most students, these holidays are part of their culture, and should not cause any distress.  Keep at eye out, though, for students who may be struggling, particularly if you know they have lost someone close to them.  They may need a little more support this week.

Have a spooktacular week,

Dr. Lisa


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