A few weeks ago my little girl, Grace, asked if she could dress as Rapunzel for Fall Fest this year. (Check out Rapunzel and Pascal: Understanding Special Needs Siblings) She also asked if her little brother, Ezra, could dress as Pascal because “he’s my little buddy!” Of course, we could not say no to this sweet idea! I felt that for my little girl’s young age, this idea was quite perceptive on her part.
Pascal was Rapunzel’s best bud. They went everywhere together. And even though they didn't even speak the same language, they were somehow able to communicate and love each other’s company. What true picture of Grace and Ezra’s relationship!
So, this year we were accompanied to Fall Fest by two cuties dressed as Rapunzel and Pascal! I will let you in on just a few “Autism Alerts”. Fall Fest is by no means an “Autistic Friendly” event. Itchy costumes, large crowds, and lots of noise all contribute to a sensory overload. We took Ezra in his special chair- this chair is a comfort to him and helps him to feel secure. I was very unsure about how to make a Pascal costume that wouldn't overwhelm Ezra. Because of his sensory issues, Ezra does not like anything to be on his head or touching his ears…so, we just tried our best. He actually kept his hat on for a short time-at least long enough to snap some pictures so we could show you all how un-thrilled he was about all of the festivities. Overall, he did really well and we were able to be a part of something fun as a family!