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Treat accessibly this Halloween for an inclusive evening of trick-or-treating.

In 2017 the Padulo Family realized they had to change how they set up their trick-or-treating station. Their home has stairs. This meant that someone in their neighbourhood could not enjoy their treats as they used a wheelchair to get around. They changed where their station was located and thought: wouldn't others also want to know how to make Halloween accessible and inclusive for all? And so Treat Accessibly was founded.

PHOTO: Treat Accessibly

An accessible Halloween for one child has now grown across Canada with over 100,000 homes supporting accessible trick-or-treating, letting their neighbours know with their Treat Accessibly lawn sign proudly displayed on their front lawn.

Kirkland residents can come and get their “Accessible Trick-or-Treating” lawn sign for display on your property at the Kirkland Sports Complex from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 to 11 p.m. (available while supplies last).

PHOTO: Facebook, Town of Kirkland

All you need to do is take a few simple steps and you'll be set up with a trick-or-treating station that every child can enjoy:

Create a Safe Environment

  1. If you are planning to decorate your trick-or-treating station, your front yard, or other visible areas of your home make sure that you are creating decorations that can be enjoyed by all.

  2. Refrain from the use of strobe lights and high-pitched, sudden loud noises which may be alarming for some children.

  3. Some pets can be intimidating so make sure that they are kept safely away from the front of the house.

Everyone is different

Different disabilities can affect how someone interacts with others. All it takes is a little patience and understanding to ensure that trick-or-treaters feel comfortable and welcome.

  • Not everyone can eat candy, so consider stocking some non-edible treats such as stickers, pencils, crayons, small toys, etc. stored in a bowl separate from your edible treats.

  • You may see trick-or-treaters that appear older, but that doesn't mean that aren't excited about your treats!

  • Some trick-or-treaters may not be able to see what they are getting. Consider explaining to them the delightful treat you're providing.

Not everyone communicates in the same way. Just be patient and understanding. The children and their caregivers will appreciate it.

SOURCE: Treat Accessibly

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