Halloween is a thrilling time of year for kids, filled with costumes, candy, and a touch of spookiness. But for children with autism, the sensory overload and unfamiliarity of the holiday can present some challenges. At Blossom Children’s Center, we believe that every child should have the opportunity to enjoy Halloween in a way that suits their unique needs. That’s why we’re excited to share some Halloween tips and activities specially designed for children with autism.
Plus, we have a sensory-friendly Trunk or Treat event taking place at our Brighton, MI location on October 24th (6:15pm-7:45pm), which will be a family-friendly event open to the public.
Here are some Halloween tips for parents, guardians, or anyone who is needing additional information on how to support children with autism.
Halloween Tips for Children with Autism
Prepare Ahead of Time
One of the keys aspects to making Halloween enjoyable for children with autism is preparation. Start by introducing the concept of Halloween through social stories or visual schedules. Discuss costumes, trick-or-treating, and Halloween traditions well in advance to help your child understand what to expect.
Choose Sensory-Friendly Costumes
Costumes can be overwhelming for kids with sensory sensitivities. Opt for comfortable, sensory-friendly costumes made of soft, breathable materials. Avoid masks that cover the entire face, as they can be frightening or uncomfortable. Instead, consider using face paint or makeup to create fun and unique looks.
Before the big night, take your child on a few practice runs around the neighborhood to get used to the idea of trick-or-treating. Use a visual schedule to help them understand the process: knocking on doors, saying “trick-or-treat,” and receiving candy.
Create a Safe Space
For many children with autism, the sensory aspects of Halloween can be overwhelming. Create a designated “safe space” at home or during gatherings where your child can retreat if they become overstimulated. This space should be equipped with sensory tools like noise-canceling headphones, fidget toys, or a weighted blanket.
Sensory-Friendly Halloween Activities
In addition to traditional Halloween activities, consider engaging in sensory-friendly alternatives:
- Pumpkin painting: Ditch the carving tools and opt for painting pumpkins instead. This is a less messy and more adaptable activity for children with autism.
- Sensory bins: Create sensory bins filled with dried corn, rice, or even Halloween-themed objects like plastic spiders and bats. Sensory play can be a calming and enjoyable experience.
- Halloween sensory stories: Read Halloween-themed stories or watch sensory-friendly videos to introduce the holiday in a gentle way.</li?
Blossom’s Sensory-Friendly Trunk or Treat
At Blossom Children’s Center, we are committed to providing inclusive and enjoyable experiences for all children, including those with autism. This Halloween, we’re thrilled to invite you to our Sensory-Friendly Trunk or Treat event at our Brighton, MI location.
Here’s what you can expect:
- Sensory-friendly environment: We’ve designed the event to be low-stress, with reduced noise and sensory-friendly lighting to ensure that every child can enjoy the experience.
- Trunk or Treat: Children can visit decorated trunks to receive treats in a safe and controlled setting, making it an ideal alternative for kids who may find traditional trick-or-treating overwhelming.
- Sensory activities: We’ll have sensory-friendly activities and games to keep children engaged and having fun.
- Our talented artists will be on hand to transform little faces into their favorite Halloween characters.
- Enjoy the rhythmic beats and melodies of Halloween-themed music to add to the festive atmosphere.
- Supportive staff: Our experienced staff will be on hand to assist and ensure a positive experience for children and their families.
Halloween is a time for fun and excitement, and children with autism deserve to enjoy it just as much as anyone else. With the right preparation and sensory-friendly activities, you can create a memorable Halloween experience for your child. And don’t forget to join us on October 24th (6:15pm-7:45pm) at Blossom Children’s Center for our Sensory-Friendly Trunk or Treat event in Brighton, MI, [8175 Movie Dr, Brighton, MI 48116] where we’re dedicated to ensuring that every child has a safe and enjoyable Halloween.
For more information on our event, or to speak with someone to inquire more about our ABA services, please give us a call (248) 277-3005 or visit our website.