Photo of carved pumpkins in different colors
Recently, disability advocates cheered when Target featured a girl with a disability dressed as Princess Elsa from the movie Frozen in their advertisement for Halloween costumes. This quiet inclusion is a step in the right direction for creating an accessible Halloween and safe space for everyone. Here are few tips for you to implement at home for your family and guests this year.

Tips for a Safe and Accessible Halloween

  1. Keep the pathways to your house clear of objects (even if it’s a scarecrow) and well lit. If you have stairs, consider leaving a basket of candy in an easy to reach location if you do not have an available ramp.

  2. Use lanterns and glowing lights rather than strobe lights, which can trigger seizures and migraines for those with epilepsy or sensitivities to lights.

  3. Consider having communication cards on hand for people who cannot respond to verbal speech.

  4. Many  children on the autism spectrum have strong preferences, so be sure to encourage patience.  Kids are not being rude if they refuse candy or try to find a specific item.

  5. Be flexible and open to building new traditions with your loved ones if going “out” to trick-or-treat is too much. You can stay home to pass out candy, turn the lights out and watch a Halloween movie, or attend an event at an accessible mall. Halloween can be fun for everyone!

Do you have tips to add?  Let us know in the comments below!