October 24, 2023

Neurodiverse and Sensory Friendly Halloween Costume Ideas

 Hello Everyone,

I haven't written anything for a while so I thought I would do a quick post about neurodiverse sensory friendly costume ideas for Halloween.  This post focuses on sharing some helpful resources about what you can do to give your child a great Halloween costume without such a high risk of triggering their sensitivities.  I hope you find it helpful and please let me know if you know of any resources that I missed so I can add them below.  Thank you and Happy Halloween!

Sensory Friendly Halloween Costumes for Children with Autism: This site provides a nice general overview of some of the challenges neurodiverse kids face at Halloween and what to do about it.  There are several very interesting related articles about non-candy treats for Halloween and alternative activities for trick-or-treating for autistic kids.

23 Sensory-Friendly Halloween Costume Ideas and Tips: This is a nice quick read focusing on tips to make costumes more "user friendly" for kids with sensory challenges.

Simple DIY Sensory Friendly Halloween Costumes: Another quick read with some creative ideas for sensory-friendly costumes.

Sensory-Friendly Halloween Costumes for Kids with ASD: This is a very informative read about tips to help minimize sensory overload on Halloween.  It also goes into some helpful background information about what sensory sensitivities are and how they can be especially triggered at this time of year.

Halloween Costume Ideas: Some interesting ideas about how to convert store-bought costumes into more sensory-friendly ones as well as ideas on turning your kids' special interest into a costume.

Sensory-Friendly Halloween Costumes for Children with Sensory Sensitivities: This is a nice post providing a number of ideas for specific costumes to try.  It also give specific ideas on how to make these costumes.

The Best Halloween Costumes for an Autistic Child: This post is fairly exhaustive, providing ideas for costumes, how to make them, as well as offering insights as to why Halloween can be so challenging for neurodiverse kids.

Halloween Costume Considerations: Another good general resource.

77 Last-Minute Costume Ideas: While not directed neurodiverse kids and their families, this resource can be paired excellently with the information you gather about how to make your costumes more neurodiverse and sensory-friendly.

Safe Trick-or-Treating for Autistic children: Ok so not a resource about sensory and neurodiverse-friendly costumes; however it does address the very important needs of having a safe, sensory-friendly trick-or-treat experience.  Remember that a sensory-friendly costume won't count for much if efforts are not made to help mitigate sensory overload when putting the costume to use.

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