There are two times in the year where we put an extreme amount of pressure on our children to get fully consumed in the moment, enjoy the festivities and go with the flow: Christmas and Halloween. All year-long we teach our children not to talk to strangers, not to go to a stranger’s house, and most importantly, never take candy from a stranger. We educate our children to be very wary of these things, so is it such a stretch that when children who are very sensitive and highly aware of the dangers around them have a very hard time adjusting to this temporary change? Remember, it’s just for one night!
Candy, Costumes and Sensory Overload
Let’s think for a moment about all the things that children are taking in at this time of year:
- Noisy parties
- Scratchy costumes
- Constricting masks
- Sounds of candy wrappers crunching
- Layers of clothing if trick or treating in colder weather
- The weather – is it raining, cold, windy?
- Strobe Lights and decorations
- A usually quiet and calm street transformed by the chaos of the continual foot traffic of little ghouls and goblins
- Increased sugar intake
- Sound effects that illicit fear such as screaming or witches cackling
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