Mayor's Committee on People with Disabilities Offers Tips to Create a More Inclusive Halloween
By Office of Communication
Posted on October 11, 2019, October 11, 2019

Halloween decorations

Halloween isn't easy for every child.

Children with communication issues may not have the ability to say "trick or treat!" or "thank you." Those with food allergies or other feeding issues may have certain types of treats they cannot enjoy. The night, filled with spooky sounds and sights, can also be tricky for children with sensory processing issues.

As families begin gathering their treats and setting out jack-o-lanterns ahead of Oct. 31, the Mayor’s Committee on People with Disabilities offers these tips to help the Arlington community accommodate children of all abilities and create a more inclusive Halloween.

Non-verbal children: Don’t push for a response when you open the door. Some children can’t say “Trick or Treat.”

Allergies: Have some non-food treats ready for any children with food allergies.

Visual impairments: Be prepared to describe treats to children living with visual impairments.

Other tips for inclusive trick or treating: Make sure you have a well-lit area. Don’t have surprise scares of scary costumes. Avoid the use of strobe lights.

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