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10 Tips for Preparing Kids with Autism for Halloween

10 Tips for Preparing Kids with Autism for Halloween
Below, you’ll discover ten tips to help prepare kids on the spectrum for Halloween!

From kids running around and screaming scary masks, costumes, flashing lights, smoke machines, and costumes, Halloween can be frightening for any child. However, for children with autism, Halloween can be a tricky and challenging event to navigate.

blue pumpkinHalloween can be a lot of fun for many people, including children, but for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it can be a frightening and unsettling experience.

Regardless of whether you’re planning on attending a Halloween party, hosting a party, trick-or-treating, or just handing out candy, it’s vital to be prepared and to prepare your child.

In the following article, we’ll look at ten tips to prepare your child for the upcoming Halloween events.

10 Tips for Preparing Kids with ASD for Halloween

  1. Communication – Talk to your child about what to expect during the event, including what they’ll hear and see and the timeline of what you are planning to do. Consider researching and showing them photos and videos of what to expect.
  2. Stay Close – During the event, it’s important to remain close to your child. If you’re planning on going trick-or-treating, walking the route in advance during the day is also a good idea to familiarize your child with the route.
  3. Create A Visual Itinerary – Allowing your child to understand what’s going to happen with a visual map or itinerary is a great idea, and also, don’t try to do too much. Baby steps are essential, especially if it’s your first Halloween.
  4. Comfort Is Important – If you’re planning on wearing costumes, then consider comfort over looks. A simple costume that’s more comfortable would be better than a costume that’s more complicated but ultimately causes issues.
  5. Try A Dress Rehearsal – Try throwing a dress rehearsal, especially if you’re planning on hosting a party. Minimize the decorations and do it during daylight hours just to give your child an idea of what to expect.
  6. Look for Sensory-Friendly Events – If possible, start with sensory-friendly events in your local area before building up to more significant Halloween events.
  7. Don’t Forget Treats – Have a plan in place in advance to handle all the treats and candy your child will undoubtedly receive. If your child has any dietary restrictions, have alternate treats or toys ready to exchange, and plan on sorting through any treats once trick-or-treating is done.
  8. Buddy System – If you can have another child buddy up with your child for the event, especially a sibling, friend, or someone they’re familiar with, it will help to reassure them throughout the night.
  9. Do Your Homework – If you’re reading this, then you’re already doing this one! Look up what other people have done to prepare their children for Halloween.
  10. Remember to Have Fun –Halloween is supposed to be fun, so don’t force your child to do anything they’re not prepared to do. Baby steps will ultimately deliver better results than going overboard on the first Halloween.
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