Halloween activities for autistic children

Halloween Activities for autistic children

Halloween might be a bit different for many this year but there is no reason not to enjoy some fun activities at home. A holiday like Halloween is a really weird concept for logical thinkers to get their head around. Why would people dress up in scary costumes to knock on strangers doors.  Then why would those strangers give out sweets when someone has tried to scare them!  You have to admit Halloween is a bit odd!

I won’t miss trick or treating or dressing up as my kids much prefer some reading, baking or craft activities. Having said that I’m sure we may still get some kids knocking on the door so better to be prepared either way.

Preparing your autistic child for Halloween

Preparation for any change or break from the norm is really helpful for most autistic children.  My son gets so excited about holidays now that I start preparing him early.  My 6 year old is still non-verbal and struggling to understand spoken language so using visual aids is really important for us.  Another great way to prepare a child for an event is to use a social story.

Free Halloween Visual Aid

Last year I created a free Halloween visual aid that you can use to talk to your child about Halloween.  I put it up on the bathroom door for the month of October so my kids have time to process it.

Halloween Visual Aid

Halloween activities for autistic children

Halloween Attention Autism

Attention Autism is a brilliant activity for young children.  It has helped my boy’s attention enormously.  For Halloween why not have a themed bucket.  You get lots of spinning wands, noise makers and Halloween themed items in the shops that can be used.  I tend to buy lots in the first week of November when its all on sale and save it for next year. A lovely idea is to use a witches cauldron rather than a bucket for some extra spooky points .

Halloween Attention Autism
Attention Autism Cauldron

For your Attention Builder in stage 2 you could make a spider web, my boys love this one. Start with a piece of black card, drizzle over some glue from a height in a circular motion. Then add some strips to create a web effect:

Halloween activities for autistic children

Then cover the web with silver glitter and knock the excess off to reveal your spider web:

Halloween Activities for autistic children

For stage 3 the children can take a turn at adding extra glitter colours or more web with the glue.

Alternatively you can add your own spider to the web using some pom poms and eyes.  This could also be used as an independent activity for stage 4.

Halloween Activities for autistic children

Halloween PECS®

Halloween Activities for autistic children

PECS / Picture exchange communication system is the main communication method that my son uses. PECS® provide a free sample sheet of Halloween PECS Cards on their website. I have used these for some great commenting with PECS and requesting activities.

Halloween activities for autistic children.
Halloween activities for autistic children
Halloween activities for autistic children.

Top 5 Halloween Books

One of the best ways to prepare a child for something is by sharing books together.  Using books to improve understanding can be a lovely activity.  Visual books are best and here are my top five Halloween books.

Meg and Mog by Helen Nicholl

I loved Meg and Mog as a kid.  The books are really simple to follow and great for little ones developing language.  My youngest loves shouting out ABRACADABRA as the witches do their spell.  There is also some lovely sequencing pictures as Meg puts on her witches outfit.

Halloween activities for autistic children

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

A modern classic, Room on the Broom is a wonderful book for Halloween.  Follow the Witch on her adventure with the cat, dog, bird and frog.

Halloween activities for autistic children

Funnybones by Allan Ahlberg

This is one of my favourites as a child.  The text at the beginning makes it a really fun read from the start.  Follow the big skeleton, the little skeleton and the dog skeleton on their night time adventure.  The best bit for me is singing ‘the toe bones connected to the foot bone’ song.

Halloween activities for autistic children

Ten Little Monsters by Mike Brownlow

Both my boys are huge fans of the ‘Ten Little’ series.  Ten Little Monsters is a great book to introduce all the classic Halloween characters at the same time as practising some counting! The exceptional illustrations make this a really fun visual book to explore with your kids.

Halloween activities for autistic children.

Peppa Pig: The Pumpkin Competition

Many kids find it easy to learn about new things when they involve their favourite characters.  The book is all about a pumpkin competition and we often read it before we do some pumpkin carving at Halloween.

Halloween activities for autistic children

Pumpkins

Halloween

Pumpkin Picking

Lot’s of places now do pumpkin picking in the run up to Halloween. This is a lovely activity with the kids when getting your pumpkin.  Much more fun than just getting it at the supermarket.

Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Carving

Most young children love scooping out the insides of the pumpkin.  If they are artistic get the child to draw out the face that will be carved on the pumpkin.  You can also get LED candles which are great if you want to avoid using real candles with younger children.

Halloween activities for autistic children

Dressing up

My kids love dressing up for about five minutes then want the costume off straight away.  I often find that bought costumes are made out of plastic or uncomfortable materials which can be irritating for some.  My preference is to go with lots of props and dress up as your favourite characters.

Halloween activities for autistic children

Cooking and Crafts

There are so many different craft and cooking activities you can do for Halloween.  I like to use Pinterest to get ideas.   We had a go at making meringue ghosts.

My son helped to weigh out the icing sugar and separate the eggs for the meringue.  He loved helping to put the sugar in the mixer as we made up the meringue.  I was abandoned to do the piping but he helped stick on the edible silver balls to make some eyes.

Halloween Activities for autistic children

Gingerbread Skeletons were easy to do and my eldest enjoyed decorating them.

Gingerbread Skeletons
Gingerbread Skeletons

If you have a skittles set you can cover them with some masking tape and googly eyes for your own Mummy Skittles:

Halloween Mummy Skittles
Mummy Skittles

Other Halloween Activities

Personally I love a good Autumn walk around Halloween, get outside and kick up all those leaves.  You can buy some great activity books like:
Pepper Pig Halloween Sticker and Activity Book

There are also lots of good films to watch like Coco, Room on the Broom and Hotel Transylvania.

Halloween activities for autistic children
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12 Comments

  1. 14th October 2018 / 10:30 pm

    My son is more interested in giving to the trick or treaters, than actually doing anything himself! lol. He loves the whole idea, as long as he doesn’t have to actually be involved x

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      16th October 2018 / 8:07 pm

      My son is the same he gets really excited opening the door and giving sweets out, when my husband tried to get him to knock on the neighbours he wouldn’t do it.

  2. 14th October 2018 / 10:56 pm

    Halloween is a bit odd – This is so true!
    I grew up in Scotland and we called it ‘guising’ (as in going out in disguise), rather than trick or treating, and we did a little ‘turn’ (told a joke or sang a song) and people gave us sweets and satsumas!
    Love your booklist. Meg and Mog is a huge favourite!

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      16th October 2018 / 8:04 pm

      I love the idea of doing a little ‘turn’ but would have hated doing that as a kid! I think I was always a little disappointed when I got fruit instead of sweets when we went trick or treating.

  3. 15th October 2018 / 2:04 pm

    Love all these ideas. Our girl is 11 now but still a big Halloween fan… I’m off to do the cobweb next to her now and see if she will be interested enough to join in ?

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      16th October 2018 / 8:01 pm

      Your never too old to be a big Halloween fan. Hope she enjoyed the cobweb, I am still finding glitter in the kitchen from last week!

  4. Victoria
    18th October 2018 / 7:41 am

    The ghost meringues look great. Are you able to share the recipe?

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      31st October 2018 / 3:09 pm

      They tasted good too!

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      13th October 2020 / 10:25 am

      Maybe I will see if my boys just want to hand me some treats this year 🤣

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