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This year was probably my son's best Halloween yet. At least from my perspective.

Halloween 2013 - He was only a little over a month old. We put him in a Superman onesie but didn't go anywhere or do anything. We didn't even hand out candy.

Halloween 2014 - He was one year old. We didn't trick-or-treat but we did put him in a costume and then in the stroller to roll around the neighborhood a little (he still couldn't walk yet.)

Halloween 2015 - Two years old. First time trick-or-treating. He enjoyed walking up and down the sidewalks. But as soon as we'd turn to go up to a house, he'd get really mad. He cried a fair amount. We didn't go to too many houses. 

And that brings us to this year.....

I made sure to have pretty low expectations this year. I honestly didn't think he'd even want to be in his costume for more than a minute. Yesterday we went to a Halloween thing at the botanical gardens. He actually stayed in the costume (astronaut) for over an hour! He enjoyed walking around since he loves the gardens. They had some trick or treat stations set up but he basically cried every time we went to one. Needless to say, I kept my expectations low again for today.

He still doesn't really understand what Halloween is or what the point of trick-or-treating is or anything like that. We probably should have hyped it up and prepared him more but oh well. He can't eat any of the candy anyway (due to allergies and texture issues.) 

So the first few houses he was mad, similar to last year. But eventually he caught on a bit more. He carried his little pumpkin bucket up to people and held it out. He has a speech delay so he wasn't able to say anything. Most people weren't bothered by it. But a few times I did have to tell them he couldn't talk. A couple times he tried to hand his bucket off to the people. I think it's because we were saying "give them your bucket" instead of "hold out your bucket."  Oops. It was cute though.

He wasn't at all bothered by the chaos of our busy neighborhood. He wasn't scared when we went to the house with a bunch of crazy decorations, music, fog machine, etc.

Overall I am just super proud of him. And he looked adorable in his costume. Who knows what next year will bring but I am quite happy with how it all turned out this year.

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Halloween really is hard for some kids. When bigBaOOM was nonverbal I made little slips of paper that said "Trick or Treat" on one side and explained he had autism and language delays along with a list of "red flags" for other families. 

We also do something called "the switch witch" where we trade his candy for a small toy, usually something train related. Although, this year he was ok with just keeping the candy he is interested in. 

Things will continue to get better each year! You are doing a great job for him!  Sounds like he has the perfect mom for him :)

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I think it is wonderful you had a good time trick or treating and got to make some fun family memories.

I have heard of families collecting candy in a jar and trading it for a toy or something once it reaches a certain amount. There is a charity that allows you to donate the candy to troops if you and your husband don't want to eat it all or need some help resisting eating it all.

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