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Creating an Inclusive Space for Trick or Treaters

With Halloween right around the corner. The Family Support Services team wants to share 6 tips for creating an inclusive space for Autistic trick or treaters.

1- Be Patient

The anticipation of trick or treaters visiting is exciting but be patient. It might take Autistic individuals longer to approach your house.

2- “Trick or Treat”

Keep in mind that some Autistic individuals are nonverbal. Remember that not everyone will say “trick or treat” or “thank you,” but that doesn’t mean they’re not having fun.

3- Costumes

Some individuals have sensitivities to fabric and temperature. Remember that someone might not be wearing a costume or only be wearing part of their costume once they arrive at your door.

4- Light and Sound

Some individuals have sensitivities to light and sound. Try to avoid flickering lights and loud sounds.

5- Treats

Consider keeping non-food treats for individuals who have allergies or food sensitivities.

6- Fun for Everyone

Remember that Halloween is for everyone to have fun! A person who looks “too old” for trick or treating might have diverse needs.

If you want to learn more about Family Support Services or have any questions call 902-446-4995.