Enjoying an accessible Halloween for the whole family simply comes down to some prior planning. In this post, we’ve gathered a few easy tips to get you started and make sure everyone is able to fully enjoy a spooky and fun Halloween!
#1- Costume Planning
When planning an accessible Halloween for the whole family, the first thing to consider would be, of course, costumes! Make sure to wear costumes that are bright and reflective, ensuring that none of the components are long enough to get caught in the wheelchair. Try to avoid masks, as they can block eyesight and cause discomfort. Instead, go for non-toxic makeup that’s previously tested to make sure it doesn’t cause any allergies, and decorative hats or accessories.
#2- Create The Ideal Trick Or Treat Route
Before even heading out the door, make sure you have the right trick-or-treat route planned, so that all special needs are taken into account and fatigue is prevented. Things such as checking for sidewalks with curb-cuts and homes without stairs, and creating a route that isn’t too long, can make the whole experience much more comfortable for everyone.
In the case of special dietary needs, giving a heads up to the neighbors and providing them with treats that fall in line with nutritional guidelines will ensure a fun experience for everyone.
#3- Incorporate The Wheelchair
Make the wheelchair a fun part of you or your loved one’s costume by turning it into a princess’ carriage, a fire truck or a spaceship. There are plenty of ideas to choose from, and there are even a few non-profit organizations that are more than happy to do it for you, such as Magic Wheelchair and Walkin’ and Rollin’.
#4 – Take Sensory Issues Into Account
People with mobility impairments can also have sensory issues that need to be taken into account when planning for the right costume. Avoid putting on a costume that’s physically uncomfortable or hard to put on by using accessible clothing when designing it. In some cases, a sweatshirt or pajamas can be a great starting point.
#5 – Consider Alternatives
There are plenty of ways to celebrate an accessible Halloween for the whole family that don’t necessarily involve trick or treating. In case the idea of going out for treats seems like too much for you or your loved one with limited mobility, research alternative options, such as neighborhood parties, truck-or-treat events or even throwing a Halloween party at home, as a familiar and already accessible setting may be a more comfortable way to still show off a costume and socialize.