How To Create A “Happy Halloween”

Posted by on Oct 29, 2018 in ComLead

Every year when Halloween comes around we are familiarized again with the term “cultural appropriation” and its vitality in remaining respectful in terms of costumes. As important as this topic is, there is even more things to be aware of on Halloween that will help create a healthy and happy holiday for everyone involved.

So here are some things to keep in mind this Halloween in order to enhance the experience for all:

  • Children with special dietary needs and restrictions.
    • While it may be impossible to find a treat that is safe for everyone, there are still ways that you can show consideration for these children. For example, Starburst Fruit Chews are free from all major food allergens: dairy, peanuts, treenuts, wheat, soy, gluten, and shellfish. And there are plenty of healthy alternatives to treats that can be supplemented for children with diabetes.
  • Children with poor fine motor skills (Dyspraxia)
    • While grabbing one piece of candy quickly may seem easy to some, there are many others who struggle with coordination and fine motor skills. So be mindful when children grab a handful instead of just one piece of candy, you do not know everyone’s situation. So try to politely insist on one if you must.
  • Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
    • Children with Autism can trick or treat too. So try to be aware that some children may have different communication skills than others, therefore not everyone will make eye contact or be willing to engage in a conversation about their costume. Try not to mistake these children as being rude.
  • Children with low economic statuses
    • Not everyone has the resources to afford a world-class costume to go trick or treating in. Keep in mind that many children may need to reuse past costumes or make their own, so be considerate and show support for those costumes as well.
  • Children who do not follow gender stereotypes
    • Try not to make assumptions when you see costumes this year. Whoever a person chooses to dress up as in terms of their gender identity is not up to you or anyone else. It is up to them and how they feel they want to express themselves this holiday. So if a girl wants to dress as Batman and a boy wants to dress as Wonder Woman then the only thing that truly matters is that the both of them feel like a hero.

With these check out this adorable video by Landwirth Legacy Productions about gender stereotypes and this informative flyer by The Summit Center.

Happy Halloween and peaceful trick-or-treating to all!

Resources: Touching Halloween PSA Brings Awareness to Gender Stereotypes in Children

The Summit Center

Devon Bradley, M.S. Communication & Leadership ’19

One Comment

  1. Love this article, people need to be more understanding

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