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

While Halloween may look a little different this year, you can still celebrate while you stay safe. The trick-or-treating tradition of handing out lollies is a little TOO frightening this year, but there are many alternatives to get your Halloween fix. The DHHS website has some fantastic suggestions to keep safe and have fun:

  • Host a small Halloween gathering outdoors in a public area.
  • Host a scavenger hunt to do around your neighbourhood and appreciate Halloween decorations from a safe distance. Or you can do this around your own household.
  • Embellish your house with decorations. Whether it’s ghosts, spiderwebs, gravestones – the possibilities are endless!
  • Watch a spooky movie with your family members.

If you choose to trick-or-treat, stay safe. Avoid giving out treats in person since the virus can spread on surfaces. If you’re still keen to provide lollies, the DHHS recommends putting individually wrapped lollies in bags for non-contact collection. Pop the bags outside your home where they’ll be seen by the trick-or-treaters.

 

3. Costumes

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, there are a range of wheelchair and walker-inclusive Halloween costumes for kids available online. You can also DIY costumes from scratch. Here are some costume ideas to get your creative hats going.

 

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!