Spooky season is fast approaching. With many of us trying to decide what/who we want to dress up as. Growing up with Cerebral Palsy never stopped me from taking part in the festivities. I want to share my experience with Halloween and share some advice for parents with children with Cerebral Palsy to help them feel comfortable with trick or treating.
My Trick Or Treating Experiences
Growing up with Cerebral Palsy made holidays extra fun especially Halloween because I was able to be creative with my costumes, when I was seven and I was in a body cast for six weeks due to hip dislocation surgery my mom painted my face and I was a zombie. Although I wasn’t able to go trick-or-treating that particular year my mother made it fun. Trick-or-treating with Cerebral Palsy was always fun for me especially since I made my wheelchair into my costume. The year I was in the cast I became a dead zombie wheelchair racer.
Ax a kid trick-or-treating was always fun & I made the best of the situation some people in the neighborhood would feel sorry for me because of my Cerebral palsy. Sometimes they would give me extra candy. As a little kid, I used to think that this is great! I would get an extra candy just because I was different from all the other kids in the neighborhood. Now that I’m an adult I hate that concept because I feel like every child should be treated the same when it comes to celebrating Halloween because we are just like everybody else in our unique way!
Tips For Trick Or Treating With Cerebral Palsy
Now I want to discuss the fun part of Halloween but also my least favorite part of Halloween as someone with Cerebral Palsy for those of you who weren’t familiar with the CP it affects part of the brain that can cause you to have involuntary jumping attacks. If something jumps out suddenly or if we hear scary music, a jumping attack could happen. This would happen to me a lot every Halloween so my advice to any parent preparing for Halloween with their Cerebral Palsy child always be patient when they have these attack because we can’t help it, the attacks comes naturally within our bodies so just be understanding and also try talking to your neighbors about your child’s condition. Which could help make Trick or Treating for your child less stressful and more enjoyable.
The second piece of advice I would give people with disabilities is trick or ticking can be fun,
My third and last piece of advice I would give, is set a time to go out trick or treating. Many with Cerebral Palsy seem to have issues with anxiety and chronic pain. We can have issues with being outdoors for a long time & can get easily annoyed by making us feel uncomfortable. It is important that you have a set time for trick or treating so your child can be prepared before hand.
With that being said I hope everyone has a happy and safe Halloween
About The Author
Tylia Flores is a 24-year-old born with cerebral palsy. Although her condition has affected her mobility, it has never affected her will and determination to make a difference in the world. Through her many life challenges and obstacles, she discovered her passion for writing. Tylia’s goal in life is to share her stories with the world.