Halloween Can Be Stressful, But Planning Ahead Helps

Halloween can be an overwhelming holiday for some families. Here are some Comadre tips for a successful Halloween Evening.

  1. Start off with a social story. Predictability was always helpful for my children. They were able enjoy an activity when they knew what to expect.

Here is a link to a social story about Halloween


Here is another social story:


  1. For some children with special needs it may be too over stimulating to go out and trick-or-treat. Before you leave your home, establish a plan. Figure out how much time your child can tolerate on an outing on a busy night.
  1. One idea is to host a small gathering at home. You can play games, make crafts, watch a movie and make yummy homemade treats for those kids that have food allergies or intolerances.
  1. If you plan on going out, bring a preferred toy. You can also plan ahead and pack a safe treat or snack. Again, your child is on special diet or has food sensitivities, remind them in advance you will need to make sure the candy is safe before he or she eats it.
  1. Planning for what to wear. Children with sensory sensitives should practice wearing their costumes BEFORE an event. This will allow you to get rid of itchy tags or scratchy fabric ahead of time and prevent sensory meltdowns. Bring along an extra outfit in case you need to change.
  1. It’s okay to skip out on wearing your costume without you mask. Some children prefer to paint their faces instead.
  1. I came across a cool card online from A Very Special Needs Resource. If you child struggles with communication. You can carry these cards. insert-into-blog-pic-halloween

Wishing you all a happy and safe Halloween!

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Lisette Medina Duarte

Lisette Medina Duarte

Co-Chair at State Council on Developmental Disabilities

Lisette Medina-Duarte is a bilingual Los Angeles native. She grew up in Northeast Los Angeles’ Highland Park and graduated from Franklin High School. She continues to live in Highland park with her husband and her two children, who are on the autism spectrum. One of her children is in a charter school and the other is in a traditional public school. She has a strong passion and commitment to working with underserved and underprivileged communities. She is a grassroots organizer for social justice and educational advocacy, disability rights, equality and inclusions for African American and Latino communities of Greater Los Angeles.

In addition to managing multiple outreach, volunteer, and advocacy campaigns, Lisette’s 20 years of administrative experience have included fundraising, engagement, events, and sponsorship procurement. She has served on several local and school district leadership committees, facilitates parent groups, conducts workshops, and is often invited to speak at conferences. She is currently a member of the advisory board for UCLA’s Tarjan Center and a member of the Empowerment Congress. She was appointed by former Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina to the state Council on Developmental Disabilities. She is also a member of the Community Police Advisory Board for the Northeast Los Angeles Police Department. She is also a consultant and board member for several California nonprofits. She works as a senior coordinator in field operations and development for a national nonprofit organization and is responsible for serving Los Angeles County, Orange County, and San Diego County.

One thought on “Halloween Can Be Stressful, But Planning Ahead Helps

  1. Lareka

    I find these tips to be very helpful for my son. Thank you for making our Halloween a little more fun, enjoyable, & prepared.

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