Tips for Preparing Kids with Autism for Halloween
Top Trick or Treating Tips
- Create a schedule and decide how long you will go trick or treating for.
- Have something positive to go home to, like a favorite snack or surprise gift to celebrate.
- If necessary, talk to your neighbors ahead of time to let them know about dietary concerns or behavioral issues.
Prepare for a Meltdown
- Exciting events can easily cause an autistic child to become overwhelmed.
- Take breaks and have their favorite calming item.
- Wear noise reduction ear muffs to minimize unexpected noises from other children.
Prepare for the Night
- Schedules can help reduce anxiety.
- Create a simple script your child can follow.
Always know and follow all safety rules
- Create rules and review them with your child ahead of time.
- Hold hands while crossing the street.
- Have a glow necklace or flashlight.