Prepare a healthier Autism-Friendly Halloween! These recipes, Halloween activities, calm down & sensory strategies will help you do it.
Halloween is just around the corner and it’s all everyone is talking about! One of the most difficult parts of being a special needs parent is that you often feel like your child is being left out of everything. Let’s include children in the festivities with this Halloween with these tips for a healthier, autism-friendly Halloween.
Why do we need to adapt Halloween for kids with autism?
By nature, Halloween is not very autism-friendly. Sugary snacks, loud noises, surprises, too many kids, knocking on neighbors doors… All of it is enough to push a child with autism over the edge into a messy meltdown faster than you can say “BOO”!
However, it doesn’t need to be that way. By making some small changes, you can create a healthier, autism-friendly Halloween that the whole family will enjoy.
Let’s start with healthier Halloween snacks
(Bonus : all of these healthiers kids snacks are also gluten-free, so they are suitable for kids following special diets as well.)
Cinnamon Apple Chips (just skip the sugar) from Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen
I love this simple, healthy, crunchy snack!
Aren’t these adorable? Such a healthy and cute Halloween treat!
This is such a tasty and healthy snack. It will appeal to kids who are looking for a slight crunch in their food.
Halloween activities for kids with autism
This activity is fun and easy. It is a great way to work on colors and help your child calm down in a sensory way.
Work on counting with this adorable bat counting game.
This gross motor activity is a great activity to do with a small group of children if you are having a Halloween party for littles.
I love this simple and creative Halloween craft! 🎃
Keep things from getting out of control try these tips
How to cope if things start to unravel
Fun autism-friendly Halloween party books for kids
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I hope these recipe, activity, sensory, calm down and book ideas will help your family have a healthier Autism-Friendly Halloween!
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