8 tips for a safe and enjoyable Halloween for your child with autism

halloween8 tips for a safe and enjoyable Halloween for your child with autism

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Create a visual schedule. This might include a map of where you will go.
  4. Practice trick or treating in a familiar environment. Visit friends and family, if possible, even neighbors.
  5. Keep trick or treating short and comfortable. Consider letting siblings (that might want to go longer) go trick or treating with a friend.
  6. Use role play to practice receiving and giving treats.
  7. If your child has difficulty with change, you may want to decorate your home gradually.
  8. 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!

Thanks to Seattle Children’s Hospital for posting these great tips! For more Halloween tips you can also visit Autism-Society.org or contact Cindy Carroll, Autism Coach and Consultant at Children’s Village at 574-3228.

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