Happy Halloween with ADD

Happy Halloween with ADD
As a child, I looked forward to Halloween. Our kids did, too. It is a time to be joyous, playful and creative. This year, I've seen some very creative costumes that would especially suit kids with Attention Deficit Disorder. They are glow-in-the-dark costumes, and they look best on kids who really know how to move! Doesn't that just describe those active kids with ADD?

The costumes can be simple or complex, based on how much time you have and the materials that you use. One of the best things about these costumes is that they can be warm. You need dark clothing, preferably black. Sweatpants and a sweatshirt or hoodie work well for making these costumes. Then, you add a design using a glow-in-the-dark material. These materials include craft paint, glow-in-the-dark tape, or glow sticks. Craft paint is permanent, but simple to do. Glow-in-the-dark tape is easily applied and removed. One quick and easy way to attach glow sticks is with clear packing tape. Glow sticks can be purchased at dollar stores, but it takes quite a few to make a costume. You do not want to have them on a small child's costume, if that child is still in the chewing stage. It is vitally important that you make sure the conditions for activating the glow-in-the-dark material occur. Your child should also carry some kind of a light, just in case the costume loses its luminosity.

For safety's sake, both sides of the costume need to have the glow-in-the-dark material on it. Don't try to save money by not decorating the back. Since the background is dark, the child becomes virtually invisible if the glow-in-the-dark material is not applied. Because the clothing comes in a variety of sizes, these costumes can be made for toddlers to teens. Mom and Dad can also wear them to get into the Halloween spirit.


Stick figures: Circle the hood with your choice of glow-in-the-dark material. Put a line of the glow-in-the-dark material down the center of the torso and one on the spine. Place a line of the material on the fronts and backs of the arms and legs. Outline the feet and hands in the glow-in-the-dark material.

Glowarama-Circle the torso, arms, and legs with glow sticks. This takes a lot of glow sticks, and it takes time to apply them while the costume is worn. Be careful not to activate them before Halloween!

Glow Art-Apply designs to the clothing using glow-in-the-dark material. This is something that the individual child might want to do. Again, make sure to cover all sides of the costume.

A great Halloween has a lot to do with planning. In the related links below this article are some other resources to help you and your family to have the best Halloween ever! There is information on planning, candy distribution, and safety. Help your kids with Attention Deficit Disorder to have a spirited and safe Halloween.

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