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Halloween traditions are fun for children at school as well as at home. Costumes, carving pumpkins, treats and fun events are all part of the autumn fun. When parenting a child with a disability, you might be searching for tools to help make this holiday more accessible for your child. I want to share a few of my favorite ways to include every child into the Halloween fun.
The Teal Pumpkin Project is a great reminder to consider children with food allergies or children unable to eat treats. You can place a teal pumpkin cutout at your door or paint one pumpkin teal to let parents know your home offers treats that are not food.
Social stories are descriptions of a particular event and what is going to happen. It’s a helpful tool for any child who might benefit from knowing what to expect in a new or unfamiliar situation. There are many great social stories about Halloween, some are about school parties and others about trick or treating.
Social Stories by A Day in Our Shoes
This cool printable is from Cammy Can, check out their Facebook page for more great ideas.
Check out these trick or treat cards that might help a child with autism.
Communication buttons are also a great tools to help with trick or treating. We use an inexpensive button as it often rains here and our communication device is not the easiest to bring along. Here is one example for a small button to bring along:
We have also found many fun ways to decorate pumpkins without carving them. Please follow my Pinterest boards for inspiration as you decorate your pumpkins, plan for wheelchair friendly costumes or search for Halloween printables.
Wishing you a safe, joyous and most importantly an inclusive Halloween!