Tonight, a lot of little creatures will visit your door. Be open minded. The child that is grabbing more than one piece of candy might have poor fine motor skills. The child who takes forever to pick out one piece of candy might have a difficult time with motor planning issues. The child who does not say “trick or treat” or “thank you” might be painfully shy or non-verbal. If you cannot understand their words, they may struggle with developmental apraxia of speech. They are thankful in their hearts and minds. The child who looks disappointed when he sees your bowl might have a life threatening food allergy. The child who isn’t wearing a costume at all might have a sensory processing disorder or autism. Be Kind. Be patient. Smile. It’s Everyone’s Halloween.
I am unable to find the original author of this post, but his or her words strike a cord in me every time I read this. Halloween should be fun for everyone. Let’s all do our part to slow down, be more patient, and be more inclusive. Happy trick-or-treating everyone!