With all the spooky costumes, scary decorations, eerie noises, and sugary candy, Halloween can be a pretty overwhelming day and night for a child with autism.
Here are 8 tips for a safe and enjoyable Halloween for your child with autism:
- Let your child practice wearing their costume at home. This gives you time to make any last minute modifications and time for your child to get used to it.
- Write a social narrative describing what your child will do on Halloween. Read the story several times before Halloween so your child has time to get used to the plan.
- Create a visual schedule. This might include a map of where you will go.
- Practice trick or treating in a familiar environment. Visit friends and family, if possible, even neighbors.
- Keep trick or treating short and comfortable. Consider letting siblings (that might want to go longer) go trick or treating with a friend.
- Use role play to practice receiving and giving treats.
- If your child has difficulty with change, you may want to decorate your home gradually.
- Remember, Halloween looks different for every child on the spectrum and you know your child best. Use your intuition and if you only make it to three houses, that’s okay!
Seattle Children’s Autism Center will host a special “Trick or Treating” event on Saturday, October 29, 2016, from 10am – noon. Inside the festive and familiar halls of Seattle Children’s Autism Center, children will have the chance to practice trick or treating. This is a free event, open to all ages and siblings. There will be treats, games and prizes.
For more information, please contact Katrina Davis at 206-987-7186 or email firstname.lastname@example.org