How to Prepare for Halloween with Children with Special Needs

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It’s time again to get ready for Halloween!

For many families this means choosing costumes to wear and candies to distribute to our little “Trick or Treaters.”

With food allergies, food sensitivities and childhood obesity becoming increasing concerns in our society, we are welcoming and encouraging a new Halloween fad. Why not try offering non-food or non-candy treat options to your little ‘trick-or-treaters’ this year?  Here are some suggested ideas:

  • A page of fun stickers
  • Bubbles
  • Bracelets
  • Toy cars
  • Decorative pens
  • Bouncy balls
  • Decorated adhesive bandages
  • Mini pumpkins
  • Whistles
  • Charms
  • Balls of homemade play-dough
  • Reusable twisty straws
  • Hair barrettes
  • If you are crafty, you could decorate items. Maybe, glue some googly eyes to little acorns or twist black pipe cleaners around black pencils to make them look like spiders!

If you, yourself, have a little one who would benefit from non-food treats, you may wish to begin to drop subtle hints to friendly neighbors soon. For example,  ‘Have you heard about the non-food treat option fad? I’m excited to be doing something to keep Halloween fun, while still considering our children’s health. We’re trying to decide if bouncy balls or princess and car bandages would be more liked.”

You could also print off the attached sign to carry with you on Halloween, as a visual request.

We don’t wish to rain on the Halloween parade, as distributing candy has been an exciting tradition for our children for many years. We’re just hoping to see a few pumpkin erasers amongst the pumpkin candies in more and more Halloween bowls to come!

The team at Canoe wishes you a happy, safe and healthy Halloween!!!

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