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5 Halloween Costumes for Sensory-Sensitive Kids

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Let’s face it, most costumes aren’t particularly comfortable for anyone. It makes sense that your kid isn’t a fan of wigs or tulle adornments, especially if they experience a sensory processing disorder or have autism. That doesn’t mean they need to miss out on the Halloween dress-up fun! Check out five favorite itch-free ideas to celebrate the spooky season.

1. A Firefighter

Trick-or-treating is a blast but not only can it be a sensory overload, but it can also be extremely tiring. Have you ever clocked how much distance you cover while candy cruising? A simple solution is to create a mode of transportation that supports a costume. Using foam board and a wagon, you can create a cool fire engine! Add some neon stripes with tape to red or brown clothing your kid is already comfortable wearing. Helmet optional!

2. Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, or Raphael

This costume can be easily accomplished with a simple printed tee. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (TMNT) tee-shirts are readily available or make your own. Pair it with green pants, and you’ve got yourself a ninja turtle. Should probably have pizza for dinner if you go with this one!

3. A Superhero

Favorite heroes, like Batman or Superman, are common choices for kids when it comes to Halloween costumes. It’s a great option for kids with sensory disorders, as you can often find pajamas in the right theme. Designed for super snuggly sleep, this costume is doubly-fun — you get to wear your pajamas outside!

4. A Princess

Off-the-rack princess costumes are pricey and often not sensory-friendly. You can achieve a similar costume using soft cotton nightgowns. Check out the range available at the Disney store (under Pajamas) or elsewhere online. If your princess is comfortable with a crown, have at it, but it’s not required!

5. A Wizard-Being-A-Muggle

We all know the Harry Potter craze isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Let your kid wear whatever they want. We really mean whatever they want. The weirder the better. Nothing beats a wizard trying to blend in with the muggles. Keep a wand handy just in case you need to cast a spell!

Anything Goes on Halloween!

The key to finding a costume that your kid will love is to let them be the guide. And don’t let gender expectations limit the choices — anyone can be a princess if they want and who says Batman can’t just be Batkid? However you choose to celebrate this season, we want to see your pics!

Unsplash photo by Connor Baker

Originally published: October 14, 2022
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