Portlanders Created a “Halloween Treat Map” for Differently Abled Kids and Children With Dietary Restrictions
There's also a spooky dance party for people on the autism spectrum.
By Scout Brobst
Trick-or-treating is a rite of passage for the young'uns of America.
For those who are differently abled, though, or suffer from allergies or dietary restrictions, Halloween can feel like an elaborate party that skipped some invites.
But Portland is striving to provide equal-opportunity spooks.
Nextdoor's Halloween Treat Map allows parents to screen houses before the little ones knock—candy corn, haunted houses and teal-colored pumpkins are used as symbols to indicate whether houses plan to hand out candy or non-food treats, or are gunning for the scare.
This way, everyone's on the same page when bartering for goods from a stranger.
And for a second year in a row, the Autism Society of Oregon hosted a Halloween Party for People on the Autism Spectrum, featuring a live DJ and costume contest. Those with neurological differences, who prefer quieter music or none at all, were allowed designated time slots to enjoy the festivities.
It sounds minor, but sometimes progressive change starts with the lowest common denominator—and everyone deserves to have photos of themselves in costumes they'll cringe at later in life.