Going out trick-or-treating should be fun for everyone! TreatAccessibly has made it their mission to make this reality by bringing awareness to accessible trick-or-treating so children of all abilities can take part in Halloween. We’ve taken a selection of their recommendations which we think everyone should be aware of.
Tips for Making Your Home Accessible to All Trick or Treaters
Courtesy of TreatAccessibly
- Place an Accessible Trick or Treat lawn sign on your front lawn one week before Halloween (follow @TreatAccessibly for updates on where to get a sign near you) or print your own.
- Make sure the path to your trick-or-treating area is well lit.
- Clear the driveway and pathways.
- Move cars out of the driveway to allow better accessibility for trick-or-treaters.
- Create a trick-or-treating station at the end of your driveway, or out of your garage, or your vehicle’s trunk.
- Consider having a few non-edible treats, like pencils or stickers, as not all kids can eat candy.
- Refrain from the use of strobe lights and high-pitched, sudden loud noises. If you want to have these features, consider making them manual so that you can turn it on when you know you have an audience that will appreciate them.
- Make sure that any pets are kept safely away from the front of the house.
- After much social distancing and school closures in many communities, Treat Accessibly brings communities together in a new way. Because you’re outside, it makes it easy to maintain social distancing if some families or kids’ disability makes them immunocompromised.
- While the Treat Accessibly lawn signs are recyclable, we hope you store the sign with the rest of your Halloween decorations and celebrate accessibility every year!