A family's story

Halloween…Autism style

It’s October. The leaves are coming down, the weather is changing, and no one can escape the abundance of Halloween decor at home, school, and in every single store we visit.

When the month began, we started discussing Halloween. Hubz and I talked about pumpkins, scarecrows, jack-o-lanterns, and trick-or-treating. Jake talked about candy (of course), and spooky decorations, and dressing up. One of Tate’s ABA therapists began reading books and started a social story for him.

A few days into October, Jake declared that he was going to be Heat Blast from BEN 10. (Visit Cartoon Network for more info.) Done! Easy! Cole is going to be a puppy dog or a goldfish…depending on which hand-me-down fits him best. Then it came to Tate. What did he want to be? Did he even get the concept?

Me: Taters, what do you want to be for Halloween?
Tate: Ghost.
Me: well, ghosts are definitely a part of Halloween. Are you sure you don’t want to be something else? SpiderMan? Wubbzy? An Imagination Mover?
Tate: No, ghost. White. Ghost.
Me: Ookaayyyy, ghost it is.

How the heck do I make my kid, the one who can’t stand ANYTHING on his face/head a ghost?! So I thought and thought…and figured that I could get a sheet, cut a hole in it and he can be a ghost..I would paint his face white…it could work.

On Sunday I asked him again…
Me: Tate, do you still want to be a ghost for Halloween?
Tate: No. No want be ghost, either.
Me (insert internal groan): Ok, what do you want to be? What costume would you like?
Tate: Me, I am Tate.

Soooo, my little man is NOT getting the concept. Hubz says to let him go as himself. Really?! Kids are SUPPOSED to want to dress up. It’s FUN! But, again, Tate is supposed to do a lot of things that other kids do…and that doesn’t happen, either. He totally marches to the beat of a different drummer….So, the neighbors may see my 5 y.o. roaming the streets with his ghost bucket in tow, dressed as…himself. Maybe I will let him dress himself that day! (You know, have some fun with it…)

In the meantime, as his teacher, ABA therapists, and speech therapists discuss the Halloween season, I will be feverishly planning a Plan B, Plan C, and Plan D costume…just in case my Taters decides to go as a ghost, or Spiderman, or Imagination Mover….

Life, and Halloween, are never dull when you’re living in “the spectrum”.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Tag Cloud

Mama Is Only Human

my journey...

Zero Exit

by Sara Jagielski

Musings of an Aspie

one woman's thoughts about life on the spectrum

Finding Cooper's Voice

An honest and real look at nonverbal, severe autism.

Emma's Hope Book

Living Being Autistic

Carrie Cariello

Exploring the Colorful World of Autism

Gingerheaddad

A redheaded dad writing about parenting, autism and the odd piece of stuff

Grady P Brown - Author

Superheroes - Autism - Fantasy - Science Fiction

Swim in the Adult Pool

Finding humor in an ADHD life without water wings

Who Am I? Why Do You Care?

I am a woman on a journey. Where I'll end up is yet to be discovered.

Organized Babble

Babbling in the most coherent way possible

Addicted to Quippsy

In the not-so-distant future, you'll wish you wrote down everything your kids said. Now's your chance!

Filtered Light

“Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.” ~ Alice Sebold

that cynking feeling

You know the one I'm talking about . . .

Run Luau Run

Run Committed

beyond the stoplight

sharing resources to create caring classroom communities for all children

The Domestic Goddess

Marj Hatzell Has Been Giving Stay-at-Home-Moms a Bad Name since 2005

"Write!" she says.

Tales from the car rider line and other stories

%d bloggers like this: