Mom and Dad Are Fighting

No Candy for You Edition

Slate’s parenting podcast debates how to safely celebrate Halloween.


Episode Notes

On this week’s episode: Since Halloween festivities have been curbed by COVID-19, Elizabeth, Jamilah and Isaac Butler have some ideas on how to celebrate safely. They answer a question about a kid who normally dresses up for Halloween but wants nothing to do with it this year. Then they answer a question about how to handle all the candy, especially this year when Trick-or-Treating is a safety risk.

In Slate Plus: Elizabeth, Jamilah, and Isaac reminisce over their favorite costumes and debate which costumes they’d like to see in stores this year. Sign up for Slate Plus.


Jamilah recommends Open Mike Eagle’s new album: Anime, Trauma + Divorce.

Isaac recommends Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me.

Elizabeth recommends weighted blankets, which are especially helpful for anxiety.

A Dose of Halloween Cuteness:

Jamilah's daughter Niema dressed up for Halloween as greens.
Photo by Jamilah Lemieux.
Elizabeth's sons dressed up for Halloween as a ranger, a tree, and a bear.
Photo by Elizabeth Newcamp.

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Podcast produced by Rosemary Belson.


About the Show

Jamilah Lemieux, Elizabeth Newcamp, and Zak Rosen share triumphs and fails and offer advice on parenting kids from toddler to teens.

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