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Every Parent Should Read This Before Halloween


Halloween kids in beautiful costumes sitting

Each holiday brings a certain magic and wonder.  When you have a child with special needs, it can also bring extra effort, some anxiety, and the need to stay flexible (read: bail at any moment).

It is great when you come across a story or news item about people who just get it. Good folks of all ages who celebrate and include all children without judgment or fear.

As we approach this Halloween, we wanted to share this lovely anonymous advice to parents everywhere.  We hope you will share so that we can all help make this Halloween magic for all!

“Tonight, a lot of creatures will visit your door. Be open minded. The child who is grabbing more than one piece of candy might have poor fine motor skills. The child who takes forever to pick out one piece of candy might have motor planning issues. The child who does not say “trick or treat” or “thank you” might be painfully shy, non-verbal, or selectively mute. If you cannot understand their words, they may struggle with developmental apraxia of speech. They are thankful in their hearts and minds. The child who looks disappointed when he sees your bowl might have a life-threatening allergy. The child who isn’t wearing a costume at all might have SPD or autism. Be kind, be patient, smile, pretend you understand. It’s everyone’s Halloween. Make a parent feel good by making a big deal of their special child.”

-Author Unknown

Read our Tips for Creating a Great Halloween and watch our video with additional Halloween advice here.


Creating a Great Halloween for Children with Autism


Kids Going Trick or Treating on Halloween

Halloween is just a few short weeks away.  As we prepare for the decorations and fun activities to come, now is the time to consider some ways you can help your child to have a happy and fun Halloween experience.

Know the route you plan to take on Halloween and practice the walk with your child before Halloween.  Consider taking about 3 practice walks beginning 1 week before and leading up to the big day.

Let your child play out the scenario of trick or treating by walking up to a door, ringing the doorbell.  Enlist a friendly neighbor to help you act it out, or practice at your own front door.  Give candy! If you give them an actual piece of candy they will be way more excited about what is in store.

There are so many fun and creative costumes to choose from but be cautious about getting anything that may irritate your child, particularly sensitive areas around the ears, eyes or throat.

Stay flexible on the day.  If your child is not up for the outing, have a back-up plan that includes fun indoor activities.

Click here for more great resources from our friends at Pathfinders for Autism.

Watch our parent video with Halloween Tips