It’s late and we are sleepy,
The air is cold and still.
Our jack-o-lantern grins at us
Upon the window sill.
We’re stuffed with cake and candy
And we’ve had a lot of fun,
But now it’s time to go to bed
And dream of all we’ve done.
We’ll dream of ghosts and goblins
And of witches that we’ve seen,
And we’ll dream of trick-or-treating
On this happy Halloween.
We love Halloween in this house. Today the kids have been carving their pumpkins with Dad. We’ve spent the last week decorating the house with all sorts of cardboard cutout ghouls and ghosts. We’ve had the fancy dress Halloween disco in school and now finally that Halloween night has arrived, we’ll be up and down our neighbourhood ‘trick or treating’.
Of course, all this excitement has a flip side. When the witching hour approaches (that’s bedtime in parents’ language) it’ll be a whole different kind of fun and games! It’ll be “I’m scared mummy. I can’t sleep” or “My tummy hurts” or, as mummy hears, “I’ve ate too many sweeties”. But hey, it’s only one night in the year and it’s great festive fun. However, if you do find it difficult to get the children off to sleep tonight, check out our sleep tips and maybe it won’t be all ‘things that go bump in the night’!
Tips for helping children to sleep
- Try and limit the amount of treats your little ones eat this Halloween night. Difficult I know, but too many sugary foods and treats before bedtime can play havoc with sleep routines.
- If you have an established bedtime routine try and be consistent. Not easy to do at this time of year with all those Halloween parties to attend but, where possible, aim to keep the same bed time as you would on other nights.
- If your child is easily spooked by all the ghost & ghouls paraphernalia that is ever present at this time of year, create as restful bedroom environment as you can. Turn on a night light so that if they wake they are comforted by this.
- Try a milky drink before bed. It will not only help your child sleep but it may also help settle their tummies after all those treats.
- Read a bedtime story to help soothe them and, if they like it, play some soothing background music to help them nod off.
- Finally, aim to wake your child up at the same time each morning to reinforce their night-time and morning routine
We at Dalzell’s would like to wish you all a very spooktastic Halloween!
What to do next
If you are worried about your child’s sleep it may be helpful to talk to your Health Visitor or GP regarding your concerns. At Dalzell’s of Markethill our expert staff are on-hand to advise on any sleep needs you or your family have. As an accredited Sleep Council retailer, we take your concerns seriously and will provide you with the best advice on beds, mattresses and bedding to suit your particular circumstances. Visit us in-store, call 028 3755 1260, email or go online where you’ll find lots of information on getting a good night’s sleep. A short drive from Lisburn and located conveniently between Armagh and Newry, we’re perfectly placed to accommodate your new bed purchase. What’s more, we provide a Free Collection and Recycling of Your Old Bed service and Free Delivery of your New Bed throughout our Free Delivery Zone, which extends across Northern Ireland, and Counties Louth, Monaghan and Dublin, in the rest of Ireland. We’ll also unpack and set-up your New Divan Bed in a room of your choosing and dispose of all the packaging.