Halloween is one of the most entertaining holidays of the year and everyone wants to be a part of the fun. The costumes, the trick-or-treating, and all the excitement make Halloween a night to remember. Here are some ways to make sure everyone in the neighborhood can enjoy and also be safely involved.
Many children have food allergies or special diets. Several organizations have designated colors to show children with special needs that they are welcome. Put out a teal pumpkin to show trick or treaters you have non-food items like stickers, tattoos, play dough, small Slinkys, and glow sticks. Put out a purple pumpkin to show you don’t use strobe or blinking lights that can cause seizures. Blue pumpkins are aligned with Autism Awareness.
Think about the children with balance and gait issues or that use wheelchairs. Make sure the ground is well lit so children can see where they are going and give out treats in the driveway so children don’t need to manage steps.
Some children have sensory issues and are overwhelmed by loud sounds, scary costumes, and unexpected surprises. Wear costumes that are child friendly and skip the scary soundtrack.
Know that not all children are able to say ‘Trick or Treat.’ Some children sign and some use speaking devices. If children arrive at the door in a costume and are quiet, make a positive comment about their costume and offer them a treat. Be patient and give them the time they need to sign or use a communication device to possibly speak. Click to learn how to sign "Trick or Treat!"
Remember, it is all about having fun and being safe. Halloween can be an inclusive and awesome experience for all the kids in the neighborhood.