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How To Have An Inclusive Halloween

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Halloween is an exciting time for children and adults alike. There are spooky decorations, fun costumes, quirky traditions and of course, plenty of sweet treats. However, for children and adults with disabilities, Halloween is yet another holiday that’s more hassle than it’s worth.

Halloween can pose plenty of unique challenges for children with disabilities or impairments. So, in this blog, we’re going to outline how you can make Halloween inclusive for all children and adults.

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.

Have Patience

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.

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Don’t Forget About Dietary Restrictions

You can’t have Halloween without sweets. However, some children with special needs may not be able to enjoy Halloween sweets. For example, they may have a feeding tube, strict dietary requirements or may even have sensory issues with food.

So, when stocking up on Halloween goodies for trick-or-treaters and party guests, be sure to have some non-edible treats too. These might include stickers, bubbles, colouring pencils or even slime (kids love this messy stuff – just don’t let them open it on your carpet!).

Don’t Single Anyone Out

The whole purpose of embracing inclusivity at Halloween is to enable children with disabilities to enjoy the holiday without restrictions, just like other children do. And the last thing they want is to be singled out. Compliment them on their costume and be polite but try not to make them feel different from their friends. Instead, treat all children the same.

Enjoy Inclusive Halloween Activities

The festivities surrounding Halloween appear to get more extravagant each year. There is now a wide range of fun activities for families to enjoy, including Pumpkin picking, Scavenger hunts and community Halloween parties.

If you want to have an inclusive Halloween, do your research beforehand be on the lookout for accessible and inclusive activities. For example, head to the Pumpkin patch or tourist attraction that’s accessible for wheelchair users. Or look out for Autism-friendly Halloween parties and research disability-friendly Halloween games.

Steps Towards An Inclusive Halloween

There are many people in the UK working hard to transform Halloween into an inclusive holiday for all.

  • Alaya Ponsford set up ‘Owen’s Party Initiative’ after her autistic son Owen was excluded from Halloween parties with school friends. The autism-friendly parties have a maximum of 10 party guests, a sensory room and specially adapted games.
  • Another initiative that has taken off in the past year is the Blue Bucket for trick-or-treating. Many parents with autistic children are trying out the ‘Blue Bucket’ when trick-or-treating. This is to signify that the child has autism and to try and ease the challenges of trick-or-treating.
  • Similarly, the Teal Pumpkin Project is raising awareness of food allergies and trying to make Halloween safer and more inclusive.

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Here at iHUS, we supply and install a wide range of products that improve and enrich the lives of people living with disabilities.

From sensory rooms to Changing Places toilets, we can help make any business more accessible and attractive to disabled visitors.

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