Accessible and “Sensory Friendly” Halloween Activities: Halloween and other holidays are great times for family get-togethers, including activities like decorating, cooking, and crafts. WonderBaby.org has come up with some fun crafts and decorating ideas “that are perfect for kids who are blind or visually impaired.” For example, you can create a “Pumpkin Lite-Brite” by decorating a pumpkin with lights from a Lite-Brite box. That way, children with light perception can enjoy how this lights up the outside of your home. You can also create non-edible gooey “Pumpkin Slime” or textured, tactile pumpkins. For instructions for these and other Halloween ideas, check out 10 Accessible and Sensory-Friendly Halloween Ideas.
Trick-or-Treating Tips: Some tips for preparing for trick-or-treating can help ensure that children who are blind or have low vision can enjoy the festivities safely. Keep costumes as simple as possible, by avoiding unnecessary accessories and layers. Also be sure that the costume itself is not itchy and is comfortable. If your child is going with someone who is not familiar with how they navigate the neighborhood, it’s advisable to do a test run, verbally calling out obstacles and other visual cues. These and other tips are offered by the Society for the Blind in Trick-or-Treating Tips from Tracy.