Our Top Tips To Create An Inclusive Halloween
With the right planning, you can create a Halloween that embraces inclusivity and is fun for all children; regardless of any cognitive, developmental, intellectual, mental, physical or sensory disabilities. It’s also worth noting that some disabilities or impairments are hidden.
Think About Accessibility When Creating An Inclusive Halloween
When preparing your home for trick or treaters, or a Halloween party, consider children with accessibility issues. Especially those who use a wheelchair or walking aid. For example, if your home has steps, a gate or an uneven walkway, stand out on the pavement to hand out sweet treats to trick-or-treaters.
Or if you’re throwing a Halloween party and inviting disabled guests, have a temporary ramp to ensure your guests can enter and leave your home with ease.
Consider The Sensory Elements
For children who struggle with sensory processing disorders, Halloween can be an especially troubling time. Scary decorations, loud noises, bright lights and even Halloween costumes can overwhelm a child with sensory issues.
So, when preparing your home for Halloween celebrations, perhaps rethink the decorations and avoid anything that may cause sensory overload.
Patience is key for an inclusive Halloween. A lot of children with disabilities or special needs will take a little longer to participate in the festivities around them. For example, when trick-or-treating, they may need a moment to process their new surroundings before they speak to you. Similarly, they may need help putting their treats into their bucket. For children with communication problems, they may not be able to say “trick-or-treat”.
At a Halloween party, a child with disabilities may prefer to watch the activities and games for a little while before participating. So, a little patience will always go a long way. Be polite and friendly without overwhelming them or trying to speak for them.