Is Halloween difficult for your child with disabilities?
Halloween has never been one of my favorite celebrations. I don't like images of the grim reaper or skeletons. I despise scary things, and have never understood why we celebrate witches, evil spirits and such. However, with some very clever marketing, it has become a time that most kids look forward to. But for kids with special needs, it can be a very challenging time.
Yes, we tried the harvest festivals at churches near us. But again, many of the activities there - bouncy houses, petting zoos, and carnival games not accessible by a blind child or a child in a wheelchair - meant my children didn't get much out of that activity.
So in recent years, we have just stayed home. We decorate the house, which the kids do like a lot, and we wait for trick or treaters. Rather, I wait for trick or treaters. As much as Ashley didn't understand knocking on neighbor's doors and getting candy, she doesn't understand children knocking on our door for candy.
All in all, Halloween isn't really important to us. How about you? What have you done to make the day and activities associated with it accessible to your child with disabilities?