For kids with sensory disorders such as autism, Halloween can be a very overwhelming experience for them, but one family has made it a mission for the last five years to provide them with a space w…
Halloween is, by nature, a spooky holiday. It is a time when kids put on scary costumes and go to elaborately decorated households to score sweet treats after the sun goes down.
For kids with sensory disorders such as autism, this can be a very overwhelming experience for them, but one family has made it a mission for the last five years to provide them with a space where they can experience the joy of the holiday without any of the scares.
It is appropriately called “Not So Spooky Halloween.”
Abe and Maria Jackson have been hosting this event out of their garage in Vacaville on Shady Glen Court, a street where you can expect houses to be lavishly decorated with lights and inflatables around December as part of the neighborhood’s designation as Candy Cane Lane and Lollipop Lane. These neighbors also put up big displays for Halloween, and the Jacksons are no exception. They also do so with a sense of goodwill.
Maria said the idea for the Not So Spooky Halloween came from a friend whose daughter has autism.
“We found out that she actually likes Halloween, and she likes the scary stuff, and we decided, ‘Hey, why not put a haunted house together and we’ll open it up a day beforehand specifically for her so she can enjoy it and she can be in a safe place where she’s comfortable, not bullied or ridiculed or whatever it may be for her and the family to feel uncomfortable?’”
Source: Family hosts Not So Spooky Halloween for special needs children