Carmel, Ind. (October 10, 2019) – Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) will hold its first sensory-friendly trick-or-treat walk on October 19. This festive fall experience will take place along the Central Park East trails from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Inclusion is one of CCPR’s core values, and the organization works diligently to provide programming for all ages and abilities for the community. Sensory-friendly events are part of CCPR’s adaptive programming designed for individuals with disabilities.
Sensory-friendly events are structured for individuals with sensory needs, taking into account auditory, visual and olfactory levels so the event is comfortable and inclusive for all participants. There will be no loud music, scary decorations or people dressed in masks or full-body costumes.
“We want this to be an event where all kiddos can enjoy trick-or-treating without anything scary or upsetting,” said Michelle Yadon, inclusion supervisor for CCPR. “The sensory-friendly trick-or-treat walk will give Halloween enthusiasts – of all ages and abilities – an enjoyable experience with their family and friends.”
The trick-or-treat loop is accessible and short, and trick-or-treaters can go around the trail multiple times. Volunteers from CCPR’s adaptive program will pass out treats in fun, non-frightening costumes. We ask that all trick-or-treaters wear friendly costumes that wouldn’t frighten anyone else. No masks, please.
About Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation
Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) holds the Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) for parks serving populations of 75,001 to 150,000. As an accredited agency, the department serves the recreation, fitness and nature needs of the community, manages and develops existing spaces and resources and creates a sustainable future for parks and recreation programs through a financially viable and environmentally conscious parks system. CCPR manages and maintains more than 500 park acres and numerous recreation facilities, including the Monon Community Center and The Waterpark. In addition, CCPR has partnered with Carmel Clay Schools to establish Extended School Enrichment (ESE), a before and after-school care program for K-6 students located at all eleven Carmel elementary schools. The Summer Camp Series is a component of ESE that offers 12 different summer camps accommodating children ages 5-15. For more information, visit carmelclayparks.com.