​Keeping Halloween Inclusive! Non-Edible Treats for Kids with Special Needs

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Halloween is an exciting time for kids and parents. 

Searching for the perfect costume, decorating the house with spider webs, carving the pumpkin and buying candy to hand out to the cute trick or treaters, all add to the excitement leading up to Halloween night. 

For many families and kids with special needs, this holiday can be a reminder of barriers or differences that exist with some kids who don’t eat orally; have sensitivity issues or severe allergies that prohibit them from taking part in the fun of going door-to-door collecting candy. 

To make sure that you are including all kids when they come to your door this October 31st, you can keep a supply of non-edible items that can all be found at your local dollar or party supply store. Helping to support kids with special needs encourages an inclusive environment and helps to raise awareness of kids who may have feeding difficulty and allergies. 

Try some of these fun and inexpensive items on hand so that Halloween can truly be inclusive of all kids!

  1. Halloween or other stickers
  2. Halloween pencils
  3. Mini packages of crayons
  4. Glow bracelets or glow sticks
  5. Temporary tattoos
  6. Halloween erasers
  7. Bouncy balls
  8. Coupons for admission to local swimming pools, skating rinks or other attractions
  9. "Stampers" (self-inking stamps in Halloween themes)
  10. Mini flashlights or finger lights 
  11. Mini notebooks
  12. Finger puppets
  13. Bubbles
  14. Miniature "slinky" type magic springs
  15. Play dough
  16. Party blowers
  17. Beaded necklaces
  18. Silly putty
  19. Small bath/water squirters 
  20. Halloween craft kit
What are you giving out this Halloween?  

For more Halloween tips and details on the CTN Inclusive Halloween parties, click here.