Halloween is just a few days away and many parents can attest to their child’s excitement! From school parties, church carnivals, and trick-or-treating, it can be a fun and exciting time for children. However, it is important to remember that Halloween can also be stressful, especially for children with dietary restrictions or sensory needs. So what can you do to be inclusive of all children this Halloween? We’ve gathered some ideas below!
So what can you do to be inclusive of all children this Halloween? We’ve gathered some ideas below!
- Teal Pumpkin Project
- The Teal Pumpkin Project is a simple way to make trick-or-treating safer and more inclusive for the 1 in 13 children living with food allergies, and many others impacted by intolerances and other conditions. Placing a teal pumpkin on your doorstep is an indicator that, in addition to candy, you offer non-food trinkets and treats that are safe for all trick or treaters. You can learn more about this national initiative at The Teal Pumpkin Project’s website.
- If your own child is unable to eat candy on Halloween, it is important to prepare them for the night ahead of time. Explain what they might encounter and work on self-calming skills that will help your child if they feel frightened or overwhelmed on Halloween night.
- Printable Card for Non-Verbal Children
- We have created a Free Halloween Printable Card for non-verbal children or those not comfortable saying "Trick or Treat." Have your child use this card to make their Halloween night a little more enjoyable!
- Costume ideas for Wheelchairs or Walkers
- Not every costume can be bought in the store. Some costumes require a little more creativity, especially if a child is in a wheelchair or using a walker. Here are some fun Halloween Ideas for Children with Special Needs.