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​Co-Parenting Tricks to Make Halloween a Treat

October 19, 2021

By: Derren Ciaglia


Even if you don’t have time-sharing on October 31st this year, Halloween doesn’t have to be a scary time. It can still be a sweet treat for you and your kids.

Co-parenting during the holidays can be difficult, even for minor holidays such as Halloween. While everyone is dressing up in costumes, eating way too much candy, carving pumpkins, and going to festivals, you may look at your parenting plan and realize it’s not your year to have time-sharing with your children on Halloween. If that’s the case for you, here are some tips to make this year enjoyable and memorable.

  1. Look for Halloween/fall events on the days or weekends leading up to the holiday. Many trunk-or-treat events occur on dates other than Halloween. These provide great opportunities to dress up with your children and “trick or treat” on days other than October 31. Fall festivals often occur the weekend before Halloween. You can go pumpkin picking, enjoy a corn maze, go on a hayride, or brave a haunted house. There are numerous opportunities to make special memories during this holiday, so take the time to seek them out. By thinking of Halloween as a month-long celebration instead of just a one-day holiday, you can enjoy a fulfilling time with your children regardless of who has time-sharing on October 31.

  2. What if the parents cannot agree on a Halloween costume? Most parenting plans will designate which parent has Halloween time-sharing, but often, the parents have different ideas on what a child should dress up as for Halloween. It is okay for a child to have two costumes. During your time-sharing, your child can wear your selected costume, and when with the other parent, your child can wear a second costume. Thanks to the numerous trunk-or-treat events, Halloween parades and other celebrations held throughout the month, both parents will have plenty of opportunities to dress up in costumes with their child on days other than Halloween.

  3. Don’t be afraid to make new traditions. You can do fun, creative activities to celebrate Halloween all month long, regardless if you have time-sharing on October 31. Maybe you spend time decorating the house, baking ghost and goblin cookies, or carving pumpkins. Use this time to create new traditions for you and your family that can happen at any time during October.

If you have any specific questions regarding your parenting plan and holiday time-sharing schedule, it’s a good idea to seek legal advice.



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Derren

Derren K. Ciaglia devotes her practice to challenging family law matters, including divorce, child support, child custody, alimony, paternity matters and family law litigation involving complex financial and parenting issues. As a mother of three, she understands the importance of minimizing the effect the legal process can have on families. She tries to find creative solutions that are tailored to each family’s unique circumstances.

Trained in the interdisciplinary model of collaborative family law, Derren is passionate about advocating for her clients and providing them with support and guidance during what can be difficult and uncertain times in their lives. She is a compassionate listener, a good problem solver and settlement focused, negotiating on behalf of clients both in and out of mediation.

Derren is active in the Orlando community, currently serving as vice president of children’s programming for the Rosen Jewish Community Center Board of Directors. She is also a member of The Florida Bar and the Orange County Bar Association.

Admitted to practice law in Florida, Derren also previously practiced in Illinois. She earned her law degree cum laude from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she received a Family Law Certificate and three Book Awards in perspectives of family, collaborative law, and intimate partner violence assistance. She has dedicated her entire legal career to matters involving families.

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