3 ADHD-Friendly Halloween Safety Tips for Kids – YourTango | Wonder Mind Kids

Parents, Halloween is just around the corner and most children are already looking forward to a fun evening of costumes, trick or treating and way too many sweets. Now is a good time to start thinking about how to safely enjoy the activities the evening has in store.

Halloween safety is especially relevant for children with ADHD, who typically need extra support with impulse control, emotional regulation, and pacing.

Younger children may just need more supervision than usual. Older children will benefit from a Halloween safety game plan that you both agree to in advance.

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3 ADHD-Friendly Halloween Safety Tips

Here are a few handy tips to ensure your child has a delightfully spooky and safe Halloween.

1. Choose activities carefully

You know your child best, so choose the age-appropriate Halloween activity that best suits your child. Children with ADHD are often overwhelmed or overstimulated in stimulating environments. This can sometimes lead to hyperactivity and sometimes cause children to become withdrawn.

So consider whether attending a neighbor’s party might be too much for your child.

Will trick or treating be better with or without a friend? Maybe your child enjoys giving out candy at home more than going out. There is no one right way to celebrate Halloween.

Remember, whatever activity you choose, time it to avoid overstimulating your child with ADHD. As always, stay flexible and prepare to make adjustments if plans don’t work out the way you envisioned.

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