Halloween is kinda weird.
Nothing is really as it seems. People dress up in costumes, visit the homes of strangers, and even take candy from them! For kids on the spectrum who rely so much on structure and predictability, it’s all very confusing.
For one, many kids with Autism don’t understand make-believe. That means that the concept of dressing up and pretending to be something else could be lost on them, or worse, bring on feelings of anxiety. Halloween is already an anxiety inducing holiday since many children have a fear of new and unknown places, even neighbors’ homes.