Complete with the promise of candy, jack-o’-lanterns, evening strolls, and fun costumes, Halloween is a holiday that fills kids with excitement. But kids with sensory processing challenges may have a difficult time this time of year, especially when it comes to choosing a costume. While other kids might be enthusiastic about pulling on a mask or a hat, squeezing into an overstuffed costume, and making their way through the world with their vision slightly impaired, kids with sensory concerns may bristle at the idea of anything covering their head or face, or may have trouble coping with the texture of polyester costumes or heavy accessories. Do you need a few ideas for costumes which will be easier for your little one to tolerate?
- Transform your little one into a comfy and powerful Jedi. Think about Obi-Wan Kenobi. Have you ever seen a powerful sci-fi character look quite so…comfortable? The look of a Jedi knight can easily be achieved with a cotton long sleeved-tee and pants, layered with a comfy robe and maybe some soft, fleece-lined boots. Your child may decide to dress like she’s a Padawan everyday!
- Remember the little old man from the movie “Up”? This costume is as easy as it gets. Pair some corduroys with a cardigan and smooth some temporary white hair dye into your child’s hair, and he’ll be the spitting image of the old man. Next, inflate a bunch of balloons and tie them to your child’s back, to make a fun costume with a whimsical element that is literally as light as air and won’t cause your child to feel irritated or weighed down.
- Mario and Luigi are two of the easiest characters to dress your child as, whether or not she has sensory processing difficulties. Overalls? Check. Red or green t-shirt? Check. Face paint with which to draw on a fake, pencil thin mustache? Check. Hat optional.
- Olympic medalists are always a hit with kids. Does your child love gymnastics? Dress her in her gymnastics uniform and make a lightweight medal from gold foil, and you’ve got an Olympic gold medal gymnast. If swimming is your kid’s thing, dress him in his rash-guard and shorts (add tights if the weather is chilly), and decorate him with a medal.
- If all else fails, go with a classic. A mummy costume is timeless and super simple, plus it’s incredibly soft and cozy for your sensitive little one. Try white leggings and a white long-sleeve tee, with gauze wrapped around your child’s torso and each leg. No need for wrappings on the face…let your child’s beautiful face shine through!
Have you had success with Halloween costumes that are low on effort and easy for kids with sensory difficulties to wear? Tell us about it in the comments section!