10 Tricks to Make Halloween a Treat For Your Child with Autism

Posted on October 2, 2018 · Posted in Parent Tips
  1. Create a social story or photo book of seasonal changes and events coming up
  2. Map out a trick or treating route
  3. Create a visual schedule for the day and evening of trick or treating
  4. Have your child practice putting on their costume and/or face paints (if needed) a few times prior to night of trick or treating
  5. If your child has sensory needs and struggles with costumes, consider a Halloween costume that fits over your child’s regular clothes, such as butterfly wings or capes
  6. Practice going to a neighbor’s door, ringing the bell or knocking on the door and receiving candy
  7. Partner with friends and family knows your child and their specific needs
  8. If your child is afraid of the dark or struggles going house to house, consider finding daytime Halloween activities or trick or treating events indoors
  9. Have a note that is either on your child as a sticker or printed on a candy bag that describes your child with Autism and their struggles whiles trick or treating
  10. Choose your battles. It’s meant to be light and fun!