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How to Share Your Children’s Halloween with Your Co-Parent

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How to Share Your Children’s Halloween with Your Co-ParentHalloween is a fun celebration for those who are young or young-at-heart. If you are a parent, the main enjoyment you get from the holiday is probably seeing your kids in costume, participating in the Halloween traditions that you remember from your childhood. That is why holidays such as Halloween can be difficult for divorced parents – there are a finite number of years before your kids feel they are too old to have their parents tag along for trick-or-treating. Rather than one of you missing out on this family experience, you should discuss how you can share the holiday with your co-parent.


Trick-or-treating is the main event, as well as an activity that needs parental supervision with younger children. There are several ways you can share this activity with your co-parent, including:

  • Both of you accompanying your children
  • Alternating which of you is with the children each year
  • Splitting the time between you

Before you decide to take your children trick-or-treating together, you should consider whether you will be able to get along with each other and whether your children will understand that doing this activity together does not mean you are getting back together. If you are splitting the time, you have the option of each taking your children trick-or-treating in your own neighborhoods. However, transporting your children between neighborhoods may make the holiday more hectic than enjoyable. You also must consider whether they would be happier trick-or-treating with their friends in the neighborhood that they are most familiar with.

Other Activities

Halloween is more than trick-or-treating, giving you many ways that you can share the holiday with your children. By letting your co-parent take them trick-or-treating, you can do other seasonal activities with them, such as:

  • Picking out and carving pumpkins
  • Helping your children make or buy their costumes
  • Attending a children’s costume party or other public Halloween event
  • Having your own Halloween party at home

This is your chance to create family Halloween traditions that you and your children will remember for the rest of your lives.

Contact a McHenry County Divorce Attorney

You may need to make slight adjustments to your parenting schedule to allow both of you to spend time with your children on or around Halloween. Though you and your co-parent could create an informal agreement, it may be safer to have it in writing. A Crystal Lake, Illinois, divorce lawyer at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, can help you negotiate the addition of a section to your parenting agreement that sets a revised holiday schedule or gives you flexibility during holidays. Schedule a free consultation by calling 815-338-3838.



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