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Tips to Create an Inclusive Halloween for All Children

Kids trick or treating on Halloween

Halloween is traditionally a night filled with eerie tricks and delightful treats, yet for children with disabilities or those who experience sensitivity issues, food allergies, it can sometimes become a source of stress, frustration, and sensory overload.

Ensuring a secure and enjoyable Halloween experience is a significant responsibility for parents and community members involved in holiday celebrations. Easterseals Midwest, an organization dedicated to assisting children and adults with disabilities, offers an informative guide for parents and homeowners, providing valuable insights on crafting an inclusive Halloween night for every child this year.

Here are some accessible ways to distribute candy to trick-or-treaters:

  • If your home is on an incline, improve accessibility by setting up a treat station at the base of a driveway or front steps.
  • Create a calm atmosphere by avoiding flashing lights and loud music.
  • Keep in mind that some children may be nonverbal, so instead of waiting for a "trick or treat," ask questions that can be answered with a simple gesture or head nod.
  • Be understanding that some children may have sensory issues and find costumes uncomfortable or overwhelming. Don't assume that a non-costumed trick-or-treater is being uncooperative.
  • Provide non-edible treats, such as small toys, stickers, or pencils, for children with sensitive food allergies.

Learn more ways suggested by Easterseals Midwest to make this Halloween a delightful and not frightful experience for all children and so no-one leaves your door empty-handed.