Halloween for Children with Autism

Candy and costumes make Halloween a favorite for kids, but some aspects of the holiday are difficult for children with autism. An uncomfortable costume or the need to approach strangers while trick-or-treating can cause anxiety. In addition, the very concept of make-believe can be confusing for children with autism.

Families of kids with autism need to find the right way for their kids to join in the fun. Instead of an elaborate costume, a funny hat or Halloween t-shirt may be appropriate. Instead of going out trick-or-treating, your kids may want to stay home and help give out the treats. That way a child with autism can observe the tradition from a comfortable place. If a child is able to handle going from house-to-house, you can make the experience less overwhelming by limiting the time and going while it is still light out.

If you live in Westchester County, then you are also invited to the Miracle League of Westchester’s fourth annual Halloween event, at the Field of Screams, which features an afternoon of trick-or-treating and fun for special needs children. The event takes place at Ridge Road Park in Hartsdale, New York, Sunday, October 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please pre-register by sending the names and ages of children who will be participating to mlwny@mlwny.org. Children participating will wear a wristband to receive treats.

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