DC always enjoyed the costume and candy part of Halloween, but it took years before he really understood the waking around to get said candy and years after that before he understood that he could not walk into people’s houses.
He could not understand why we were ringing the doorbell and not going in.
Halloween, now is his absolute favorite.
He has a costume for every party and another for the big day.
I don’t feel that I should have to take that all away from him because some people see him as “too old” to trick-or-treat.
Like many children and adults with autism, his interests are limited and when he really shows an interest or enjoys something out of what would normally be thought of his “comfort zone” – you better believe that we are going for it; all the way.
Please be kind if an adult in costume, or a child without a costume due to sensory issues comes to your door.
Their parents will handle it if they try to walk into your home or don’t understand “take one piece”.
The blue pumpkins??
My opinion (and my opinion only) is that they are just another attempt to make our children conform to the way society believes everything should be done. Do I believe they will help to raise awareness? No. I imagine that the folks who need to be educated will not even be aware of the existence of the blue pumpkin. How about we just do not force kids to say Trick or Treat in order to participate in Halloween?
Not having the ability to say “Trick-Or-Treat” is okay… really.
Don’t try to force it.
(Originally posted October 2018)