The Town of Aurora has partnered with the Treat Accessibly initiative, a grassroots movement dedicated to ensuring an inclusive and accessible Halloween experience for all children, regardless of their abilities.

The Treat Accessibly initiative encourages households of all types to take a few simple steps to make their trick-or-treating stations accessible to children with disabilities.

These steps include providing barrier-free access, creating a safe environment with sensory considerations, and offering non-edible treats for those with dietary restrictions. By participating in the initiative, the Town of Aurora affirms its dedication to ensuring that every child can enjoy a traditional Halloween experience.

How to Participate

In just a few simple steps you can be set up with a trick-or-treating station that every child can enjoy.

  1. Register online to participate in this initiative and receive your free lawn sign.
  2. Pickup your lawn sign at Aurora Town Hall, Aurora Family Leisure Complex, or the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex
  3. Review the tips below to make your trick-or-treating station accessible.
  4. Have fun!

Some trick-or-treaters may have a difficult time navigating inclines, stairs, curving walkways, etc. Start by placing your trick-or-treating station at a location that is easily accessible to all.

  • Make sure the path to your trick-or-treating station is well lit.
  • Clear your driveway and pathways of any obstacles.
  • Park your vehicle on the street or in your garage to allow easy access.
  • Set up your trick-or-treating station at the end of your driveway or in your garage.
  • If your home doesn't have a driveway, you can use your vehicle to trunk-or-treat? 
  • Refrain from the use of strobe lights and high-pitched, sudden loud noises which may be alarming for some children.
  • Some pets can be intimidating so make sure that they are kept safely away from the front of the house.
  • Not everyone can eat candy, so consider stocking some non-edible treats such as stickers, pencils, crayons, small toys, etc. stored in a bowl separate from your edible treats.
  • You may see trick-or-treaters that appear older, but that doesn't mean that aren't excited about your treats!
  • Some trick-or-treaters may not be able to see what they are getting.  Consider explaining to them the delightful treat you're providing.
  • Not everyone communicates in the same way. Just be patient and understanding. The children and their caregivers will appreciate it.

Should you require accommodations, please email our Accessibility Advisor.

History of Treat Accessibly

Spearheaded by the Padulo Family in 2017, Treat Accessibly has rapidly gained momentum and support, with over 100,000 homes across Canada participating in accessible trick-or-treating, demonstrating their commitment to inclusivity.

For more information on program visit the Treat Accessibly website.