10 Halloween Safety Tips for Children with Special Needs
Halloween Safety Tip 6: Make sure that costumes for children with special needs are comfortable.
Whether it’s the feel of the fabric, the snugness of the costume, or noise it makes, sometimes children with special needs are extra sensitive when it comes to sensory stimulation. Bring children along with when shopping. It may save you having to return the costume to the store later. Or, there may be easy ways to “adjust” the costume, so your child feels happy and comfortable in it.
Halloween Safety Tip 7: Teach Halloween Safety and Manners for children with special needs. Trick or Treat time is a wonderful opportunity to teach Halloween etiquette. Teach kids to be polite as they ring the doorbell and say “Trick or Treat”. Then advise them it’s proper to take only one piece of candy unless told otherwise. And always tell the person “thank you” before leaving. For children that have trouble saying “Trick or Treat “or are non-verbal, a suggestion is to hand out a “Trick or Treat” card that says it for them. Also, tell the kids not to eat the candy until they get home, and parents can check it. Finally, tell kids not to go into someone’s home who is a stranger if invited.
Halloween Safety Tip 8: Dress properly for the weather for ultimate safety and fun!
The full moon and the cool of autumn can make for a frightfully cool Halloween evening. Dress the kids in layers so they can stay warm. Gloves to match the costume can keep little hands cozy and warm.
Halloween Safety Tip 9: Select flame-retardant costumes to maximize safety.
With candles glowing, pumpkins lit up and bonfires, there’s a fire danger for children. Make sure your child with special needs has a Halloween costume that is flame retardant.
Halloween Safety Tip 10: Prepare kids so they won’t be afraid.
Goblins, skeletons, and witches – oh my! There are lots of spooky sounds and decorations that may upset your child. Prepare your child for this experience by talking about it in advance. Let them know what they can expect and tell them it’s all part of Halloween fun.
Hope these tips for Halloween Safety for Children with Special Needs Help Your Family To Have a Spook-tac-ular Halloween!
This article is reprinted with permission from the National Lekotek Center. Play is the way kids learn, develop skills and reach milestones. The National Lekotek Center mission is to make the world of play accessible to ALL children, especially those who have disabilities or special needs. Toys and play empower children to reach their potential and increase inclusion within the family and community. For additional information on toys and play for children with special needs, please visit us at www.lekotek.org and find us on Facebook.