Tips for sensory sensitive kids during Halloween

  • Create a visual schedule for the events leading up to Halloween and day of Halloween
  • Explain behavioral expectations before you leave the house
  • For older kids, have a signal to help signify dysregulation
  • Practice the routine of Trick-or-Treating before Halloween so your child knows what to expect
  • Have your child try on and wear their costume ahead of time
  • If your child has tactile sensitivities, use familiar textures that you know they like to assemble a costume
  • If your child decides not to wear a costume, don’t make it a big deal
  • If your child is sensitive to loud or unexpected noises, bring noise reducing headphones or ear plugs
  • Begin trick-or-treating early (during daylight hours if possible) to avoid larger crowds
  • Bring a flashlight
  • Be aware of the houses you choose to Trick-orTreat at; avoid houses with bright lights, loud noises and pop out characters
  • Give alternatives to candy if your child can’t eat It, I.e. snacks, stickers, little toys
  • If your child refuses to participate in Halloween festivities don’t push them, find an alternative that they can enjoy
  • Allow your child to stay home and pass out candy if they don’t feel like Trick-or-Treating
  • Give your child “approved” options, to let them feel like their input is valued

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