Halloween parties, costumes, make-up, masks, trick-or-treating, and treats. This all sounds like fun to many children, but Halloween “fun” can be a sensory nightmare for children with sensory issues. Fortunately, there are ways to help make Halloween more enjoyable for the child who struggles with sensory issues.
SPD For Halloween Tip 1 – Exposure to Halloween early and often
Start early in explaining Halloween to your children to ensure a successful night. Repetition helps kids with sensory processing difficulties understand an event or holiday.
SPD For Halloween Tip 2 – Pick the right costume
- Choose a non-scary costume
- Let your child help select a costume. A bumblebee suit with wings and bobbing antennae may be too much to handle, but a silly shirt or a handheld prop might be perfect.
- Try out the costumes, make sure they are a good fit.
- Practice walking and sitting while wearing the costume.
- Wearing a mask may be uncomfortable. He may prefer to hold the mask or just skip it.
- If costumed, make sure it’s something she can partially or fully remove so she doesn’t have to go home if she becomes uncomfortable.
- If your child is not wearing a costume, make sure they know there is nothing wrong with them.
- If your child is afraid of trick-or-treating and seeing others dressed up in costumes, stay home and hand out candy from the front yard or the doorway.
- Your child can wear his costume in safe and familiar environments such as the neighbors’ and relatives’ houses.
- Never force your child to wear a costume. If they do not want to wear one at all, that’s okay!
- Experiment with face make-up as tactile exploration. However, bring baby wipes to remove it just in case.