Inclusive Halloween activities for kids
This year let’s make Halloween a monstrous success!
Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party for your child or celebrating in the comfort of your own home, these wickedly good Halloween activities will ensure that your Halloween is as spooktactular as can be!
This guide lists ideas that can assist in making an inclusive Halloween environment, all while having a fantastic time!
1. Crafts and decorations
Holidays are a fabulous excuse to catch up with relatives, decorate the house, and get involved in some hands-on arts and crafts! Here’s a list of fun, sensory-friendly activities suitable for children with a disability. This can include the following:
- Ooey gooey fun: For all the thrill-seeking children and parents out there, who love a sticky hands-on mess, consider making some green slime!
- Pumpkin remains: While making your pumpkin lanterns, let your toddler play with the substances from inside the fruit. Or, for a tidier experience, put the pumpkin remains in a sealed bag.
- Textured Pumpkin: Create a textured illustration by placing bumpy surfaces underneath paper while drawing over the top with pencils. If your kid is visually impaired, try to elevate the outline of the image with puffy paint.
2. Trick or treating
Stroll around your local streets to see which homes are easy to access, especially if your child is on wheelchair. It’s also a good idea to go earlier during the day before it gets too busy. Furthermore, it will be more peaceful, and your child will feel more comfortable in that environment.
Unfortunately, not everyone who lives with a disability can consume Halloween candy. Be prepared to organise something that doesn’t involve candy for kids trick or treating, such as stickers or other knickknacks. Also, contemplate visiting your neighbours ahead of time to deliver these items to them.
Every year, kids continue to chat about their latest Halloween costume concept, however, dressing up isn’t that simple for every child.
- Sometimes, the fabric of costumes can be quite uncomfortable. For children with Autism, this can result in sensory overload. Avoid costumes that can be irritating and remember to trial the costume before the big day! Additionally, if your kid is affected by facial sensitivity, prevent using makeup or facades.
- If your child uses a wheelchair, The Reject Shop, recently launched a range of wheelchair-inclusive Halloween costumes for kids. The range involves two costumes that fit over a child’s wheelchair which, attach via velcro. One of the costumes transforms the chair into a beautiful princess carriage, while the other transforms it into a pirate ship.
4. More spooky endeavours
Here are some more ideas to make your Halloween a spooky success.
- Pin the eye on the monster: it’s like pin the tail on the donkey, only better! Add extra eyes to make it even more fun.
- Halloween Sensory Tub: You can easily create a sensory tub filled with yarn, pompoms or cotton balls. Use Halloween colours (black and orange) and encourage practical games.
- Love at first bite: Get creative in the kitchen and create some spooky baked goods. Whether it’s mummy cookies or even eyeball soup… possibilities are endless!
- Movie Night with snacks: If you’re looking for something to do that’s more on the down-low, a sensory-friendly movie night is a good substitute. Rather than stress about possible sensory triggers within your community that may arise, instead, watch a Halloween movie at home (with snacks of course!).
Anything to add? We would love to hear your tips on making Halloween inclusive and accessible for your child, so please share them with us!