Halloween is one of my favourite holidays. Trick or treating is not as common and popular in the UK as it is in the US, but Halloween events, parties and dressing up is easy to find and enjoy. If you don’t have plans already, the National Trust have family activities and trails at many of their properties today and WhereCanWeGo is a great place to look for themed events in your local area.
BBC Ouch has published an article today, “Tips for a disability-friendly Halloween” for ” families with children who have autism, learning disabilities or physical differences” with some great suggestions on how to make Halloween an inclusive event so that everyone can participate as much or as little as they choose. It does also make the point that making Halloween disability friendly is not about making someone with a disability participate, but giving them the choice without automatic exclusion.
This Pinterest board has a list of wheelchair costumes for children. Some look quite technical to create, but others just need a little skill and creativity, lots of cardboard and some paint.
Getting involved in Halloween can be a liberating experience, providing the opportunity to dress up, go out, have fun and most of all, it can make it a little easier to fit in with the crowd and if fitting in isn’t an option, then stand out with flair, like paralympic ski racer Josh Sundquist in his Amputee Foosball Costume.