Halloween is an exciting time for all children. It is especially fun for kids in wheelchairs, since they get to step out of their element and enjoy spending time with other children in their neighborhood. We have put together Halloween safety tips for children in wheelchairs. From the candy to the costumes, Halloween is a fun-filled time for kids as well as for the parents. However, it can pose dangers to youngsters. To help make this year's festivity a trick-free treat, follow these simple safety tips below.
- Always trick-or-treat with an adult
- Fully charge the wheelchair battery in power wheelchairs
- Do not enter a strangers home
- Cross the street at corners and use crosswalks and traffic signals
- Try to cross the street under bright lighting at night
- Always look right and left and right again when crossing the street
- Always walk on paths or sidewalks
- If your neighborhood doesn’t have sidewalks or paved paths, walk facing traffic as far to the left as you can during day light only
- Keep an eye on cars that tend to come around the corner quickly
- When trick-or-treating at night decorate costumes with reflective stickers and tape
- Carry flashlights to keep a clear view of any cracks or dips in the sidewalk
- Trick-or-treat during the hours of 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Accompany your child to each individual house when trick-or-treating in neighborhoods
- Check all candy and remove and throw away any unusual treats or items that look they have already been opened
- Avoid eating homemade treats or desserts unless you personally know the person who prepared it and gave it to your child
Trick-or-Treating at the Mall
Unfortunately due to the rise of child predators in the United States, many parents are choosing alternative trick-or-treat destinations. Local malls throughout the country are providing a safe environment for children and their parents to trick-or-treat, participate in Halloween games and enjoy meeting new friends. In addition, most malls are wheelchair accessible so it will not limit your child’s fun.
A designated time is usually set when children are welcome to trick-or-treat at the mall. Other malls welcome children in costumes throughout the entire day. Many parents feel comfortable with shopping mall trick-or-treating events because it is the individual stores that provide the candy and it is a well-lit and safe area. It also is a safe haven from unusual weather that sometimes can ruin a Halloween celebration.
Hosting a Halloween Party for Children in Wheelchairs
Celebrate Halloween by having a party for your child. Invite his or her friends over for a costume party where they can play games, eat treats, watch movies and tell scary stories. Fun Halloween themed decorations, music, food and friends is all you need for a spectacular celebration.
Halloween for Tweens and Teenagers
Children grow up so fast, one year they are a princess and the next they want to be a scary monster. Tweens and teenagers each experience Halloween differently. Some embrace their childhood, while others prefer to act cool and go to a party at a friend’s house. Allow your tween or teenager to express themselves by choosing the Halloween costume they prefer. If they are going to a friend’s house for a party, remember to discuss important issues such as not consuming unusual treats, desserts, food or drinks. They should remain at the house until the party is over or they are ready to come home.
If your child doesn’t get chosen to have their favorite costume designed and created by Magic Wheelchair this year, there are plenty of other fun and exciting costumes they will surely enjoy. Below are a few ideas that may spark their interest and creativity.
- Ice Cream Truck
- Disney characters
- Cartoon Characters
- Thomas the train
- Bumble bee
- An astronaut
- The Joker
- Captain America
- Star Wars characters
These awesome Halloween costumes for kids in wheelchairs allow them to forget about their daily routine for just one day and become a superhero, princess or anything else they would like to be.