Between the uncertainty of lifting restrictions and our community’s support needs, it can be a challenge to plan an autism-friendly Halloween. We at AsIAm understand the stress and anxiety Halloween can cause for autistic people of all ages. The environmental triggers of lights, fireworks and costumes are difficult to avoid.
Autistic children have just as much a right to be out on Halloween as their neurotypical peers. However, we acknowledge some of our community, due to the loss of routine during the pandemic, may not be ready for Trick or Treating. Others may be in vulnerable groups and need to remain careful about leaving home. Luckily, we’ve some resources to ensure an autism friendly Halloween for people of all ages and support needs!
These resources include a new social story to help autistic people prepare for activities like Trick or Treating, party games and face paint. They have been adjusted to explain changes to Halloween which may result from the Covid-19 pandemic. They also include games and activities which can be done at home for those of us who may not feel safe going outside this year. There’s plenty of chances for people to express their creativity through colouring worksheets. There’s even a fun guide for carving your own pumpkin!
Check out our full list below!