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When it comes to Halloween and autistic children, it can be a tricky holiday to deal with. Help your nonverbal autistic child with these printable Autism Trick or Treat cards. 

Halloween is usually an enjoyable time of the year for children of all ages.

For children with autism, however, Halloween can be difficult. Parenting a non-verbal autistic child has been challenging. Holidays are not always fun, but we make do.

For some, it may be too overwhelming and for others, this may be the best time of the year. We’ve talked about how to have an autism friendly Halloween before, but today I wanted to share a free resource. Hopefully this will help with making Halloween easier for your child and I wish I’d had something like this when Sweet B was younger.

I’ve seen them around before but I wanted to make my own set to share with you. These are plain but do get the message across; trick or treat cards for autistic children. And though this is not a true printable pack, I will eventually have a social story and script set to add to my free printables for autistic children.

Nervous about trick or treating with your autistic or non-verbal child? Print out a set of these trick or treat cards to take along with you!

How to make Halloween easier for a non verbal child

Sweet B is both non-verbal and autistic, so there are two sets of cards to download. One for children on the autism spectrum and one for children who are non-verbal. Pick whichever set works best for your child. There are 8 cards to each set and they’re roughly the size of a business card.

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Autism Trick or Treat Cards for Nonverbal Children

As I mentioned already, they are very plain and very simple.

You can print out as many as you may need. I think that having these would have been incredibly helpful for her when she was younger. I remember holding her hand and walking up to the door. She would have no problem ringing the doorbell or knocking, but then I’d have to prompt her to hold out her pumpkin while I explained that she was autistic and couldn’t really speak.

Every house that we visited was understanding about that, which was nice. Thankfully there wasn’t much further explanation needed and we were on our way to the next house.

With these cards, she might have been able to do this a little bit more independently. However, because she’s also a runner, holding her hand was absolutely necessary so I don’t think I would have fully trusted her to go up to the house, ring the doorbell, and hand over a card.


I do hope that you find these trick or treat cards of use!

If your child needs additional assistance, check out this Trick-or-Treat Social Story.

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More Trick or Treat Cards for Autistic Children


There is a new set of cards this year.


I think I actually prefer the new set over the old set(s) but that just might be me.


Don’t forget to grab your Autism Trick or Treat Cards when you access my Autism Family Toolkit


Halloween can be downright difficult for autistic kids. Help them out a little bit with these trick or treat cards.

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Kori is a late diagnosed autistic/ADHD mom. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodiverse family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. A blogger, podcaster, writer, product creator, and coach; Kori shares autism family life- the highs, lows, messy, and real. Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori is on a mission to empower moms of autistic children to make informed parenting decisions with confidence and conviction.

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Emma Spellman
8 years ago

This is such a simple and inexpensive way to make Halloween easier on the little one’s.

8 years ago

I like that this also promotes understanding and education for families not familiar with Autism. I know I just learned more too, thanks.

Kristen from Practical Mommy
8 years ago

These are so sweet. I’m sure they’ll make some kids trick or treating a little easier. Thanks for sharing these.

7 years ago

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2 years ago

[…] delayed verbal skills, try using a visual picture script or their communication device. Also, these Halloween cards are awesome to help other people understand why your child may not say “Trick or treat” […]