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Halloween Activities for Autistic Children

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If you have a child that has Autism, you may be wondering what kind of games and activities that you can do with them. Halloween should be fun for everyone and it can be for your child that has Autism also. You can be very creative with the games and activities that you come up with but you don’t have to be that creative. You can use the games and activities that you usually play with your Autistic child and make them more Halloween-oriented. It doesn’t have to be a daunting task. I have a son who has Autism and it’s not as hard as you may think to come up with Halloween games and activities that you can all enjoy.

My son loves to sit at one end of the room and me at the other and roll a ball back and forth. I thought for a fun game we could use a real pumpkin and roll it to each other. You can draw a goofy face on it for added entertainment. My son just loves this and it is a laughing good time. That is one great Halloween game for my Autistic son.

I think a great activity for any child on Halloween is to go trick or treating. For my son that has Autism, we have to make sure that we don’t go where there are big crowds. If we do, he will totally freak out. You have to know what your child can handle in these situations. For example, my son loves fire trucks but we found out last year on Halloween, that if he is up close to one he freaks out. We won’t do that again for a while but he still loves trick or treating when there are not many people.

Another great activity near Halloween for your child who has Autism is to let them help pick out the Halloween costume. My son loves this even though he doesn’t like to wear clothes that much. I also have other children that help get him excited too though. My son hates things on his head so I have to make sure that we get something that doesn’t have a mask or that doesn’t go on his head. I also have to make sure that it’s not too tight, he just hates that and wants to rip it off. Make sure that the Halloween costume is not too scary.

Another game that I play on Halloween with my son who has Autism is when we get home from trick or treating, we count the candy. I get the other kids involved too and they love it. Of course, it doesn’t keep his attention too long but it does for a while and he gets excited. It teaches a little counting on top of having fun!

Finally, if you are looking for another game or activity to do with your Autistic child you can hide the pumpkin and see if they can find it. We have a lot of fun playing this game and I love to hear my son’s hearty laugh. It is a great time!

Halloween can be exciting even for your child with Autism. You just have to do some things their way. I hope that I have helped you with some ideas of games and activities that you can do on Halloween with your Autistic child.

Sources: 5 years living with a child that has Autism


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