- Go to the house or apartment.
- Knock on the door or ring the doorbell.
- Have your trick or treat bag/bucket ready.
- When the door opens, say trick or treat.
- Stand at the doorway – do not go into the house or apartment.
- Hold your bag or bucket in front of you and let the person put your treat in it.
- If the homeowner tells you to choose from a bowl – only take one treat unless told otherwise.
- Don’t ask for more treats.
- Say thank you even if you don’t like the type of treat.
- Don’t hang around after you say thank you.
- Go back to your parent or group.
- Don’t open, taste or eat any treats until your parents say it is okay.
Practice this routine a few times at home. Then, have your children practice with a neighbour or friend.
If your children are nonverbal, make small cards with the words “Trick or Treat” that your children can hand out while trick or treating. If you want, put more information on the card such as “Hi, my name is John and I can’t say ‘Trick or Treat’ yet. Thank you for understanding.”
Parents need to ensure their children’s Halloween costumes are safe. If your child does wear a costume, you need to do a few safety checks to:
- Make sure their vision isn’t blocked by a mask or part of their costume.
- Check that they can breathe easily.
- Look for a flame retardant label.
- Check for tripping hazards such as a part of a costume that drags on the ground or shoes that are too big.
- Attach high visibility strips or have them wear a high visibility vest.
- Give them a working flashlight to take with them.
Have your child wear the costume at least once before Halloween to make sure it is comfortable, and there aren’t any annoying tags, etc.If your children use a wheelchair or cane, there are lots of ideas for costumes incorporating these aids into Halloween costumes. Check out these websites for ideas:
- Bake Halloween treats and bring them to friends and family, or a local shelter.
- Make a collage – grab your camera and see how many pictures of different Halloween things you and your child can take. Then, pick out your favourites and make a collage. You can print the photos and paste them together or use an online collage tool such as FotoJet, Fotor or Canva.
- Get out your arts and crafts and make Halloween and autumn decorations. For some ideas, see Activity Village, HGTV and Easy Peasy and Fun.
Whatever you decide to do with your children for Halloween, remember the idea is to have fun and not to increase you or your child’s stress levels. Happy Halloween!
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