Getting Ready for an Autism Friendly Halloween this Festive Season

Traditions are always much awaited and filled with loads of excitement, as well as entertainment. Halloween is one such tradition.

However, social and cultural events like Halloween can sometimes be extremely challenging for autistic children.

Essential Tips for an Autism Friendly Halloween this Festive Season
Tips for an Autism Friendly Halloween this Festive Season

Few might tend to struggle in grasping the concept since Halloween activities are basically imagining, spontaneous interactions as well as giving unexpected surprises.

Envision a youngster with autism disorder, and his non autistic friend – for example, another youngster who is dressed up in the best of their Halloween costumes, for instance a batman. Adding to that, performing other such tasks, such as participating in groups and deciding fun activities, like knocking door to door and demanding a chocolate.

How to Expect an Autistic Child to React?

For such occasions, parents can plan, well in advance, and can make the much awaited time of the year more cherishable by acquainting young children to usual activities.

Parents could further make use of the training and various programs that are effective – such as social intervention and scheduling through well-knit social stories.

With due dilligence, the child could be assisted in getting acquainted to the Halloween activities that further helps him/her to socialize with their non-autistic peers on a better level.


A much noticed and a predictable way is to assist the child using visual aids. Since for long, visual aids help to understand the various activities one may need to perform on any given occasion.

Other things, such as pre-planning and slowly training the child by listing  activities that needs to be done on the Halloween day often goes a long way.

Preparing for the Festivities?

One of the key reasons why your child may abstain from the activities is because autistic individuals resist to change and prefer to stay with themselves at times.

Try yourself to be an example and weave a beautiful story to seek to trickle the imagination of your child. This can take some time and patience.

For instance explain to the child that the much awaited Halloween day that falls in October, the tenth month of the year.

Try to dress up yourself in funny costumes and encourage the child also to do the same. An example would be to dress up the child as a super hero and encourage the child to act so.

Show them the various surprises that they might get to experience. Explain the various activities of the Halloween.

Practice along with the child till they are comfortable.

On the Halloween Day

Try not to change the activities during Halloween tradition, since it helps the child to be more comfortable with the list of all the activities already performed as a part of rehearsal.

Furthermore, maintain the momentum of the child through the use of well-knit stories which keeps the interest of the child intact. Make the child understand if, for some reason, the child decides to stay away from activities on the Halloween day, you will be there to support his/her decision.

Continue to review the improvements and encourage the child by trying to point and name the various items that they might seem to be comfortable with.

Getting it right the first time, though ideal, may not be the case. You may need to go through this exercise for about 2-3 years before social events become something that your child looks forward to.

As the child gets more used to it you can enjoy with your child with his new found affinity towards festivities, like the HALLOWEEN!

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