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Some children with disabilities may have less developed motor skills. It can be hard to grab just one item from a bowl – do don’t get mad if they take more than one piece.

Keep in mind the trick-or-treaters with disabilities who may be stopping by.

An estimated one in 54 children in the United States is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder each year. It’s very likely that a child with a disability – whether it is visible or not – may be stopping by your house this Halloween. That’s why Easterseals Midwest is offering the following tips to make sure Halloween is enjoyable for all the trick-or-treaters out there, according to a press release. 

Whether you’re putting up scary zombies or a smiling jack-o-lantern, consider avoiding flashing or excessive lights and loud music. These things can be overwhelming to children with disabilities and could even cause seizures.

Didn’t hear, “Trick or treat” or “Thank you?” This isn’t because a child is being rude. A child may be non-verbal or nervous in this new setting. Try asking questions they can respond to by pointing or showing the answer. Don’t press the child or withhold their candy.

Make sure everyone can get a treat by offering toys or trinkets. It’s hard to anticipate allergies and diet restrictions. By offering items that aren’t food-based, no one has to walk away empty-handed.

No costume? No problem! Costumes are often itchy or tight. Some children may be sensitive to this. It doesn’t mean they don’t want to participate.

Be patient if a child is taking a little longer to choose from the candy bucket. They may need a bit more time to process all the different choices in front of them.

Some children with disabilities may have less developed motor skills. It can be hard to grab just one item from a bowl – do don’t get mad if they take more than one piece.

If a teenager or young adult rings your doorbell, keep in mind that maturity levels and the interests of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities don’t always line up with age. They want to enjoy Halloween like everyone else!

This Halloween, be patient, be understanding, and keep an open mind. Not all disabilities are visible. By remembering these simple tips, you’re ensuring that everyone of all abilities has a safe and fun Halloween.

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