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!
  9. Try a Sensory-Friendly Halloween Party! There are many elements of Halloween that can be unpleasant for kids with social, communication and sensory issues. You can focus on what your child enjoys by throwing a small, sensory-friendly Halloween party at your home. After all, who doesn’t love a good party? Include activities that avoid sensory triggers. Learn more at Easter Seals here.
  10. For those who may not be able to say Trick or Treat, try these Happy Halloween cards that your children can hand out. (click on the images)

 

 

Thank you to our sources: The Autism Blog  & Autism Speaks.Org