Starting New Halloween Traditions after DivorceHalloween is right around the corner. Since many parents divide up the holidays as part of their child custody agreements, this might be your first holiday as a single parent. While it can be stressful, you’re in a great position to start new traditions—and that might be just what the doctor ordered for you and your kids.

Ask the Experts: Your Kids

Before you start scouring Pinterest for new ideas, find out if your kids are willing to toss out a few suggestions. Home-grown traditions are usually the best kind. Whether you’re decorating the house together or putting together handmade costumes, spending one-on-one time with your children is what really counts.

Halloween Food Fun

Many experts suggest that spending time together in the kitchen is one of the best ways for families to bond—and the sweet treats you can put together are just an added bonus. Pumpkin-shaped crisp rice treats, witch’s hat cupcakes (all you need is an upside-down ice cream cone on top) and roasted pumpkin seeds can really pave the way for open communication between parents and kids.

Spooks and Scares

If you and your kids have the guts for it, you can go on a real Mississauga ghost hunt (after all, plenty of people claim that ghosts are all over the city). Head to Riverdale Farm’s scary barn with kids between the ages of three and 10 or have a hauntingly good time at Canada’s Wonderland—but only if your kids are older than 13.

Great Halloween Traditions after Divorce

When you’re planning new holiday traditions, the key is making your activities about your family. Even if you can’t be together on the actual holiday, you can get into the spirit of things when you are together. If you don’t feel like you and your ex are seeing eye-to-eye on visitation and sharing holidays, talk to your Mississauga divorce lawyer; he or she might be able to help you rearrange the amount of time you and your children spend together.