This year, Halloween is supposed to be a beautiful day here in eastern Pennsylvania. The sun will be shining and the weather will be warm. But how many kids will be out Trick or Treating in the middle of a pandemic? This year will be different for sure.
How can we still celebrate spookiness and the season if we are stuck in our homes? A few ideas come to mind:
Watch kid-friendly (or not!) scary movies together. Some names that top the list for kids include:
- The Spiderwick Chronicles
- Miyazaki’s Spirited Away
- The Witches
- Hocus Pocus
Don’t put your AAC device away. Watch and comment. What a great chance to dive into those descriptive words in the AAC system! Describing is a core part of the Descriptive Teaching Method. Don’t forget the popcorn!
If you don’t feel safe going trick or treating, try a candy hunt indoors. This gives you a chance to model question words and prepositions (on top, under, up high). As well, pull in the colors and the concepts of “hot” and “cold” (or comparatives, such as farther and closer).
For those who want more descriptive language, find ways to talk about the monsters in a Halloween book. A goblin could be described as ”green, ugly, and mean”. A jack o lantern might be an “orange scary ball face.”
Remember, if you can describe things, you can show what you know. The goal is generative language.
But most of all, have fun.
Happy Spooky Halloween from us here at AAC Community.