If you’re new here, then let us let you in on a known fact about CRN… we love Halloween! (spooky proof below)
As fun as Halloween can be, it can also be overwhelming or difficult for people with disabilities. Physical limitations, sensory processing struggles, or food allergies can make it more challenging, but we’re here with some tips (and tricks!) to make the holiday enjoyable for everyone!
Use Inclusive Costumes Let the individual choose their costume with no judgement! Halloween is the perfect way for everyone to express their personality. If you need a costume to include adaptations for tube access or wheelchairs, check these out! Lastly, disability is NOT a costume. Do not choose a costume that pokes fun of people with disabilities.
Remove Obstacles If you are handing out candy, sit at the end of your driveway and remove any debris or objects for easier access. Keep outdoor lights on and limit strobe light use for those with processing disorders. If you are trick-or-treating, try planning a route ahead of time to allow the individual to familiarize themselves with the neighborhood. Or take advantage of community-based activities like trunk-or-treating events or indoor fairs that might feel safer.
Be Aware Of Allergies Remember that some people are limited in what they can eat or how the can eat. A good option is to offer some non-edible treats like stickers, bubbles, slinkies or other novelty toys.