Knowing what to expect ahead of time can make new experiences less stressful for children.
Whether you're visiting friends and family, attending a party, going to a doctor's appointment or visiting a seasonal festival, role play how things will work.
For example, pretend to go Trick or Treating before the big day. Remind your child everyone will be wearing costumes. They'll ring the doorbell, say, "Trick or treat!", and thank the person who gave out treats. They'll be more comfortable when the time comes to join the parade of children and spooky sounds.