In this video, Macy gives some examples of Halloween activities that blind and visually impaired children can enjoy with parents, teachers, and friends. Below is a list of these activities.
Carving or Painting Pumpkins: If your child is young, you can do all the carving and let them scoop out the inside of the pumpkin and pick out the seeds for baking. When you’re finished carving, let the child feel the face or picture on the pumpkin, and you can place the candle inside together. If your child or student is a little older, you can guide their hand and cut the outlines of the shapes together. Another option is to use puff paint to outline the face of a jack-o-lantern and let your child or student fill in the shapes with flat, black paint.
Hay Rides: Hay rides are a common activity for Halloween parties and fall festivals, and they can be fun for blind and sighted children. A parent or teacher might want to accompany the visually impaired child for their first ride, but after that, if sighted children are riding alone, it is probably perfectly fine to let your blind child or student ride alone. Just be sure to orient them to the trailer before the other children get on.
Bonfires: Along the same lines, bonfires are fall activities that people all over the world enjoy, and this should not be any different for a blind child. Let your child hold a stick and roast a marshmallow. Let him or her smell the smoke and feel the warmth of the fire, and if the child is young, teach them about fire safety, and show them how to stay a safe distance away from the heat. Invite some friends and family members to join in on the fun, and allow your child to socialize. Maybe play some fun party games and make it an event.
Decorating: Whether you’re decorating a house or a classroom, preparing an area for fall can be a fun learning opportunity for blind children. Keep in mind that children with low vision cannot see decorations in houses, classrooms, and stores. They may not understand which places are appropriate for which decorations, so decorating together gives you the perfect opportunity to teach those skills
Halloween Scavenger Hunt: Hide some braille clues around a large area, such as a house or park, and be sure one clue leads to the next. If sighted students are playing, print out braille decoder sheets for them. You can hand out prizes at the end of the hunt or make it a competition to see who reaches the end first. To add a Halloween twist, place slime, plastic spiders, or other spooky items around the clues for the kids to feel.
Skeleton Game: Buy some plastic skeletons, and be sure their heads and limbs are detachable. Take the skeletons apart and place the pieces of each in its own bag. Blindfold any sighted children, and hand the bags out. The first person to put their skeleton together correctly wins the game.
Texture Games: Mix two types of Halloween materials together in a big bowl, such as candy corn and plastic spiders. Blindfold any sighted players, and give each player a small bag. The goal of the game is to pick out one type of material and not the other. For example, each piece of candy corn in a child’s bag might be worth one point, and each spider might be negative five points. The person with the most points at the end wins. You can make this game harder by changing the materials (for example, using similar candy bars) or by only allowing the players to use one hand.
Make Costumes: This activity will look different for everyone. Find a costume idea, and have your blind child or student help make it. This could be an opportunity to teach sewing, gluing, knot-tying, and many other valuable skills.
Read Books and Watch Movies: A lot of the Halloween culture today is based off of popular books and movies. Be sure that any child who is interested has the opportunity to experience this part of our culture. The American Printing House for the Blind and bookshare.org are two good resources for finding popular books in braille, and Halloween movies with audio descriptions can be found on streaming services such as Netflix and Disney+. However, many blind children prefer to read and watch movies with family members and friends, so you can take turns reading aloud and describe your movies verbally.