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For Children on the Autism Spectrum

Halloween is a fun night of costumes and candy for kids of all ages however for kids on the autism spectrum, the scary sounds and decorations, tight or scratchy costumes and going out at night can be a lot to handle. Helping your child know what to expect from Halloween can help make it a fun time for everyone. Here are some helpful tips and resources to help make the night as enjoyable as possible.

These resources are provided by Easterseals Michigan and Autism Speaks.

To help you get Halloween off to a good start:

Scary decorations, places and sounds

Halloween decorations can be scary. Ghosts, goblins, witches and black cats are everywhere! And they often come with bright, flashing lights and loud sounds. Even though they’re just for fun, they may be frightening. They also may be overwhelming to those with sensory issues.

Here’s what you can do to make Halloween sights and sounds less challenging for your child:

Costumes

Lots of kids wear costumes on Halloween. But they’re not required! If they don’t want to dress up, they can wear their regular clothes. Or they can wear Halloween colors or a special shirt.

If your child wants to dress up:

Children may be stressed when others wear costumes that make it hard to see their face. To help them when others wear masks and face paint:

Trick-or-treating

If your child wants to trick-or-treat, here are some things you can do to make it enjoyable:

Like wearing a costume, trick-or-treating isn’t a Halloween requirement. If your child doesn’t want to trick-or-treat, that’s fine too! Suggest that they stay at home and help give out candy to trick-or-treaters. If that’s still too much stimulation, they can relax with a book or movie.

We wish you and your family a fun, safe and happy Halloween!

 

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