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Monday Minute: Trick or Treat, Part 1

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…

Halloween Social Story – How To Trick Or Treat

I reprinted this social story with permission from One Place For Special Needs (thanks!) We make a book out of this each year to read to the kids, James included.

Trick or Treating Social Story:

It’s fun to go trick or treating!  Here is what to do.

knock on doorI ring the doorbell or knock on the door. Read more…

Halloween Recap (Photo Edition)

Last night we squeezed some much needed normal into a week that’s been anything but. With the help of a friend we had a tiny Halloween party complete with hot dog jellyfish, cheese/pretzel witch brooms and finger sandwiches. We bobbed for apples, donned our costumes and hit the streets (the ones without trees down).

So we may not have gas, or dairy products, or fresh produce, or clean laundry, or school, or even a whole roof over our heads, but you know what we do have? Candy. A LOT of it.  So don’t worry, there’s no way we will starve during this crisis, and the candy really helps the kids deal with being stuck in the house for an entire week with nothing to do and nowhere to go.

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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)

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