While some kids are putting on costumes and trick-or-treating, others may suffer from fear and anxiety around the spooky holiday. Dr. Zachary Olson with St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital suggests not dismissing your child's fears or concerns:
Specific phobias cause persistent fear and avoidance of a situation or an object, such as clowns, heights, spiders or flying. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 15 percent of 13-to- 18 year-olds have a phobia. Less than one percent of kids in that age range have a "severe" phobia disorder.