CCPR volunteer hands out candy in a ladybug costume to participant dressed as a rainbow in the clouds at the Sensory Friendly Trick-or-Treat walk.

Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation to Host Annual Sensory Friendly Trick-or-Treat Walk

Pre-Registration is required for Oct. 22 event at Central Park


Participants dressed and Mike and Sulley from Monsters Inc pose for a photo at the Sensory Friendly Trick or Treat walk.Carmel, Ind. (Oct. 12, 2022) — Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCPR) will host its annual Sensory Friendly Trick-or-Treat Walk on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 1-3 p.m. along the Central Park East trails.

To provide inclusive experiences for the community, CCPR hosts sensory-friendly events as part of its adaptive programming designed for individuals with disabilities.  

During the trick-or-treat walk there will be no loud music, scary decorations, or people dressed in masks or full-body costumes. CCPR’s adaptive program volunteers will dress in fun, non-frightening costumes and pass out treats.

Sensory friendly trick or treat participants stop and smile for a photo.

CCPR requests all trick-or-treaters bring their own bag or basket for candy and wear friendly costumes that are not frightening (refrain from wearing masks that cover the full face). Trick-or-treaters can go around the trail loop multiple times.

Pre-registration is required for each trick-or-treater. The cost to participate is $10. Register for the Sensory-Friendly Trick-or-Treat walk in person at the Monon Community Center or online here

About Sensory-Friendly Events
Sensory-friendly events are structured for individuals with sensory needs who might become overwhelmed or overstimulated by their senses, including sight, sound, and touch. During sensory-friendly events, the environment is changed so those with sensory needs are comfortable, can participate fully, and enjoy time with family and friends.


“Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation strives to provide programming for all members of our community,” said Kelvin Solares, Inclusion Program Supervisor. “Holidays, like Halloween, can be very overwhelming for individuals with sensory needs. We are excited to offer Sensory-Friendly Trick-or-Treat again this year to remove barriers and provide an accessible way to celebrate.”

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