Welcome to the TACA Halloween Series. At TACA we want to take the fear out of facing Halloween for families with autism. This will be a four-part series leading us all the way to the week of Halloween, with fun tips, treats, and encouraging stories to help your family have the best Halloween, yet!
- Casper (1995)
- Halloweentown (1998)
- It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
- This is a particular favorite in the TACA family as many families have successfully used this Charlie Brown classic to explain Halloween to their kids. You may even have a similar experience to the Kern family and have the joy of hearing “I got a rock” from house to house!
Start with visiting one house before the holiday. Reinforce the victory by celebrating with a special treat or small toy. You can also practice trick or treating in your garage. Have your child hand out candy to kids who are pretending to come to “trick or treat”.
Choose a favorite cartoon or game character:
- Go for the more simple costumes! Avoid masks, capes, and props (such as swords, shields, etc.)
- Try it on for size – don’t leave the costume store before you try it on. Make sure it can accommodate a sweater or jacket in case the weather is an issue by the time Halloween day arrives.