This October the City of London is launching our Accessible Trick or Treating initiative!
Here is how to make your Halloween more Inclusive and Accessible
- Clear your walkways and pathways to your home. Move vehicles and obstacles to allow children and parents using mobility aids like wheelchairs, walkers or scooters access to your driveway.
- If you have stairs to your home be willing to come out of your hhouse and meet children to hand out candy in an accessible space
- Do not use strobe lighting (this can cause seizures and dizziness)
- Turn your porch light on to illuminate a pathway to your home
- Turn down music or scary noises
- Remember that not all children can wear costumes because of sensitivities
- Try having non candy treats like spider webs or stickers on hand as an alternative
- Remember that not all children can say trick or treat, so be patient
- Understand that older children with disabilities also enjoy trick or treating
- Keep your eye out for neighbourhood obstacles that may make moving from house to house more difficult.
Are you ready to make your home more accessible this halloween? If so, drop by one of our community centres for a flyer from October 18-31, or pick one up at Storyspook Village running October 18-22 and 24-28 at Storybook Gardens.
Braille Versions of this flyer are available at each of our locations and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is available here.