This how-to guide offers tips and additional information to help families and the surrounding communities create more inclusive Halloween celebrations!
- Limit sensory triggers such as fog machines, strobe lights and sound effects.
- Keep in mind that a child may have sensory issues with wearing a costume. Be accepting children not wearing a costume.
- Be sensitive to children experiencing sensory overload.
Food Sensitivity Friendly:
- 1 in 13 children have food allergies – traditional candy treats can cause digestive issues. Consider offering non-food treats as an alternative to traditional Halloween candy.
- Choose to participate in Food Allergy Research and Education’s (FARE) Teal Pumpkin Project to show trick-or-treaters and their family that your house is safe for those with food allergies and sensitivities. Learn more here.
- Save creepy decorations (especially automatically triggered mechanical decorations) and scary special effects for adult parties.
- Make sure the location where you hand out treats is well-lit (this helps trick-or-treaters with vision challenges too).
- Keep pets inside. Not only will this help keep your pet safe, it also helps children who struggle with anxiety over animals.
- Avoid wearing masks or scary costumes while handing out treats.