Posted on Monday September 28, 2020

Whether you’re a parent working to make Halloween the best possible for your child, or looking for ways to make your Amigo work with a costume idea — we’ve put together a list of ways to create a more handicapped accessible Halloween.

Safety Tips

Clear Pathways

We know those scarecrows and hay bales along your sidewalk are cute, but they can make getting to your doorway difficult for those who use mobility devices like an Amigo. Keeping the pathway clear and well lit will help make your home the safest stop on the block. Considering leaving a bowl of candy in an easy to reach spot if you have stairs is another great idea for a handicapped accessible Halloween.

No Strobe Lights

Individuals who suffer from epilepsy and light sensitivity may have seizures or migraines triggered by strobe lights, swap them out for lanterns and glowing lights to prevent this.

Allergy Free Candy

One in 13 trick-or-treaters have allergies, these 11 allergy-free Halloween candies are great options to hand out.

Non-Food Treats

Mixing in non-food treats to your candy bowl will help your stop be more inclusive of handicapped individuals. Some great options include:

  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Play-Doh
  • Glow Sticks
  • Temporary Tattoos
  • Halloween Costume Jewelry

Be Flexible

New Traditions

Trick-or-Treating may be too much for some children, if this is the case make your own new traditions. Ask if they’d be more comfortable handing candy out from your home. Stay in and binge watch Halloween movies. Spend the evening decorating their mobility device in holiday décor. There are plenty of ways to have a safe, fun, handicapped accessible Halloween for everyone!

Autism Spectrum

Trick-or-treaters who are handicapped may have strong preferences. Remind yourself that they aren’t being rude if they refuse a certain candy or try to find something specific.

Kid-Friendly Alternatives

There is more to Halloween than just trick-or-treating, so make the holiday work for what fits your family best. Throwing a Halloween party in your own home may be easier for your child, this way they’ll be in their own home. They’ll still be able to show off their costume, socialize, play holiday games but have access to their safe space.

Handicapped Accessible Halloween Costumes

Sensory Issues

Store-bought Halloween costumes can have potential problems for children with sensory issues with tight collars and itchy seams. The smell of face paint or masks could cause even more problems. Instead of going the store-bought route, why not make a costume with their everyday clothing that you already have lying around and you know they are comfortable in.

Amigo Friendly Costume Ideas

Amigo Halloween Through the Years

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