How do you help a child that is very afraid of people dressed in characters, costumes, and mascots? This week was Cat in the Hat Week and it has been a trying time for us. He has been terrified and jumpy when he comes home. Trying to get him to bed has been an absolute nightmare with my husband sleeping on the floor beside the bed until he falls asleep. His teacher even called me today because someone peeked into the class room and was wearing the Dr. Seuss hat and he leaped over the table into the teacher's lap. She said she about needed another teacher to pry him off. It will take us a month to get over this. Does anybody have any suggestions on how to help him confront his fears?