Halloween is an exciting holiday for kids, but it may offer certain challenges for children with ASD. Here at CBF, we have prepared a list of tips and tricks to make your kiddo’s Halloween the best one yet!
Start Preparations Early:
- Create a visual of what Halloween will be like! Use pictures or drawings and look over it with them at least a few times before the big day.
- If your kiddo struggles with the idea of a costume, begin practicing wearing the costume once a day for a few weeks before Halloween! Have them wear it for short periods of time, slowly increasing the amount of time as Halloween gets closer.
- For non-verbal kiddos, make sure to add a button/PEC that they can use to say, “Trick or Treat!!”
- (If possible) Practice trick or treating at a neighbor’s house!
- Many kids do better when they have a routine and know what to expect. Plan the route you will walk ahead of time, talk about which neighbors and houses you will visit, and practice walking the route a day or two before October 31st.
- If your child is resistant to Halloween costumes, try a costume that is made up of typical clothing! Some examples:
- Pajamas (that mimic the clothing of a character)
- Boy from ET (jeans, red sweatshirt, carrying “handlebars”)
- Wizard of Oz
- Black cat
The Day Of:
- Know your child’s limits and do only what he or she can handle. For example, if your child is not comfortable trick-or-treating, you can start by going to three houses. Assess how your kiddo is doing and build up to more houses the following year!
- Take your kiddo to an activity in the community, such as a school festival or a neighborhood party where they are already comfortable and know people.
- If you are giving out candy at your house, give your kiddo the option to help hand out candy. This can help practice greeting unfamiliar people!
- If your kiddo is afraid of going out at night, play indoor or daytime Halloween activities.
We hope you have a fun and spooky Halloween!