Sharing Halloween Doesn’t Have to be a Nightmare

Navigating child custody arrangements during the holidays can be difficult. One spooky holiday quickly approaching is Halloween. While Halloween is a favorite holiday for many, it can be a bit more complicated for parents who are not together and struggle to get along. As parents going through a separation, ask yourself what you can do to create an equitable and enjoyable experience for your children.


Open communication is the foundation of effective co-parenting when it comes to child custody concerns. Start the conversation about Halloween plans ahead of time, to avoid misunderstandings and last-minute stress. Be willing to discuss and compromise on the best way to split Halloween time. Some options to consider include:


  1. Alternating Years: Each parent can have the children for Halloween on alternate years. This provides consistency and predictability for the children.
  2. Dividing the Day: If possible, divide the Halloween day into separate time slots for each parent. This way, both parents can participate in the excitement of trick-or-treating or other festive activities.
  3. Collaborative Celebration: Both parents can attend the school events and then split the trick-or-treating time, or go trick-or-treating together. This can provide a sense of unity for your children and show them that you can still come together amicably for their sake.

Flexibility is critical, especially during holidays, as you consider child custody arrangements. Both parents might have unique traditions or activities they want to share with their children on Halloween. Last-minute changes and disputes can lead to unnecessary stress for both parents and children. To prevent this, have a detailed plan in place well in advance. Discuss costume ideas, trick-or-treating routes, and any other activities you plan to do with your child. This proactive approach can help alleviate potential conflicts and ensure a nightmare-free Halloween experience. 


Located in Olathe, KS, Juris Law & Mediation can help you find the best solutions for you and your family, and create other options that may be beneficial when it comes to your child custody plans for the holiday season. If you are a resident of the KC Metro area, contact us today at 913-764-8844 so that we may assist you in planning your holidays with peace.