Posts Tagged ‘special needs costumes’

Monday Minute: Trick or Treat, Part 1

October 28, 2013 Leave a comment

Capri_Pants_front_viewJames loves to trick or treat – but despite the garlic breath, he might not be ready for Halloween at all. Every year as the big day gets closer, James gets a little touchy about putting his costume on, even though he’s the one who adamantly picked it out months prior.

For some reason, James has been giving me an especially hard time this year, which is particularly unfortunate since he’s put on about 20 pounds this fall due to a change in medication (totally another story for another time). The whole saga reached a climax with us finally showing up to the trick-or-treating event at Ryan’s work still not having tried the freaking costume on. How did I let it get that far? The following conversation took place the night before. Read more…

Special Needs Halloween Costume Ideas

October 26, 2013 Leave a comment

Still debating costumes for yourself or your special needs child? If you’re anything like our family, James and I discuss the same 3 costume choices year after year, none of which involve helmets, masks, face paint, scratchy material, special shoes, sound effects or anything scary. What they all do involve are Star Wars, Harry Potter or Nintendo characters. Put the last two sentences together and that equals….. yep, about 3 costumes.

My 3 yr old and James are going as the Mario brothers this year – James is Mario. To make it sensory friendly (for both of them) we are using an eyeliner pencil for a mustache  and wearing cotton t-shirts underneath the scratchy overall costume. I wanted my 4 yr old to go as Princess Peach but she insisted on being Ariel, and with her red hair who was I to resist? I just hope she lets me brush it the night before!

Need some ideas?

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(Top) Ten: Halloween Resources For Special Needs Families

We start getting excited for Halloween in our house from around late-August on – my kids pick a different costume every week and LOVE all things “spooky.” Except James, of course 🙂 James exhibits no anxiety until a day or two before the big day, but is diligent in reminding us that ghosts and monsters “are not real” several times each day as my toddlers delight in making creepy crafts and treats.

The “Top Ten” this week is not so much a claim that these are the TOP ten – just some of my favorite sites and resources.

1. Wheelchair Halloween Costumes

2. Halloween Tips To Avoid Meltdowns

3. The Official Halloween Safety Game

4. When Your Child Is Afraid Of Halloween

5. Gluten-Free Halloween Candy List

6. Sensory Friendly Halloween Guide

7. Sensory Friendly Halloween Costume Ideas

8. Trick or Treat Social Story

9. Halloween Sensory Tub

10. Halloween Social Stories Collection (and other holidays, including birthdays)


Feel free to add your own favorite sites, tips and activities in the comments section!

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