Don’t be scared to celebrate Halloween. As with most events taking place in 2020, Halloween can happen in-person or in a more virtual setting.
How you choose to celebrate likely depends on your individual circumstances, your town’s regulations and your overall comfort level.
Here are a few suggestions to help make it a more enjoyable experience!
In-Person Trick-or-Treating Tips:
- Wear a mask, if you are venturing out.
- Plan ahead, and travel the routes or houses you plan to visit ahead of time.
- Make a simple “map” of your route to help serve as a visual reminder and set expectations.
- Be mindful of Halloween decorations that make noises or have visuals effects that may be triggering to your child’s sensory issues.
- Highlight the importance of continuing to keep hands clean and maintain social distance from others when out in the neighborhood.
Virtual Celebration Ideas:
- Hold a virtual Halloween party with a family and friends with everyone in costumes.
- Go “trick-or-treating” in your own house; move from room to room with candy and treats at each doorway.
- Plan to watch Halloween movies, and let each family member pick a favorite film.
- Pile into the car, and go for a tour of nearby homes that are decorated for Halloween.
Ho-Ho-Kus School Social Worker Cynthia Chaanine & Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Matthew Kuzdral
Learn more at www.eclcofnj.org.