Halloween can be fun. Children and adults have the opportunity to dress up as their favorite people or characters, and there are lots of cool activities to do with your friends and family.
Halloween can sometimes be challenging for children with autism. Here are a few tips for parents so you will be prepared to have tons of fun during the Halloween season!
If you plan to go trick-or-treating, take your child to the store and look at costumes and decorations together before Halloween. Picking out a cool costume and dressing up can be a lot of fun and this experience will help prepare your child for the big day.
You may see people dressed as princesses and super heroes, but you may also see people dressed like spooky characters. It is important to remind children that it’s all pretend. Underneath every costume is a person who wants to have fun during Halloween, JUST LIKE YOU!
Prepare your child for what to expect by practicing the sequence of trick-or-treating at home by using a bedroom door. Give step-by-step directions about what to do in say, and prepare them for seeing scary decorations that light up or make noise.
Remind children that while they may not like the candy they’re given, they do not need to say this while trick-or-treating. Instead, when you get home and look through the candy and select some favorites.