Trick or Treating in Special Education
Halloween, trick or treat, harvesting season, end of the fall season – however you call it, it is often synonymous to kids excitement and joy!
Did you know that “trick or treat” dates back to 1927? An excerpt from todayIfoundout.com said, “the earliest known reference to “trick or treat”, printed in the November 4, 1927 edition of the Blackie, Alberta Canada Herald, talks of this…
“Hallowe’en provided an opportunity for real strenuous fun. No real damage was done except to the temper of some who had to hunt for wagon wheels, gates, wagons, barrels, etc., much of which decorated the front street. The youthful tormentors were at back door and front demanding edible plunder by the word “trick or treat” to which the inmates gladly responded and sent the robbers away rejoicing.”
(More fun facts about trick or treating here: How The Tradition Of Trick Or Treating Got Started)
Going back to today, “trick or treating” still brings magic to kids and sometimes to teachers and parents as well. Yes, it’s still October but has anyone of you doesn’t hear the kids talk about their excitement towards costumes, parties or activities? It often reminds us to do some preparations to keep up with their expectations. And it certainly way more exciting yet challenging for kids in special education.
They said that Halloween causes meltdowns to kids with special needs because of the unfamiliar sights and sounds. And because of that, there are some who opt not to celebrate this holiday at all. But there are some educators who can pull off an activity that made their students enjoy. We know that you’re a “pro” yourself in preparing and celebrating this most anticipated holiday. How do you make the celebration extra fun for your students with special needs?
These articles/blogs remind us to make Halloween/Trick or Treating extra fun and safe for children with special needs:
- Tips To Make Halloween Fun For Children With Special Needs
- Creating An Inclusive Halloween
- Halloween Academic Activities For Special Education
- Halloween Activities For Sensory Play
- 10 Accessible And Sensory-Friendly Halloween Ideas For Kids Who Are Blind Or Visually Impaired
- Best Halloween Special Education Ideas on Pinterest
- Trick Or Treat Alternatives For Children With Special Needs
We are not affiliated with any organizations or bloggers mentioned in this article. But just like you, we would love to make this most celebrated American holiday a little sweeter than candies to kids with special needs.