Halloween can be loads of fun for kids, but truly scary for others. Consider this:
- Never force your child to wear a costume.
- Let your child help select a costume, within reason, and depending on age. While you may love the idea of a bumblebee suit with wings and bobbing antennae, a silly shirt or a handheld prop such as a magic wand or light saber may be all that he can handle.
- Wearing a mask may be intolerable. Let him wear a costume and hold the mask with him hands or skip it all together.
- If costumed, make sure it’s something she can partially or fully remove on the sidewalk or at a party so she doesn’t have to go home if she becomes uncomfortable.
- Now is a great time to experiment with face make-up as tactile exploration. However, bring baby wipes to remove it just in case.
- Avoid sugar overload. Yes, this may be the one time of year you allow your child to fill up on candy, but don’t overdo it!
- If attending a Halloween party, follow the party tips we outline in our book, Raising a Sensory Smart Child, including:
- Explain in advance what to expect at the party.
- Identify a “safe spot” to take breaks if needed to avoid sensory overload.
- Bring a comfort object or a hand fidget to get needed calming input.