Decorative pumpkin jar full of halloween candy

Trick-or-treating is a highly anticipated and favorite activity for families each fall.

Children dress up as their favorite characters and treat themselves to armfuls of candy. But for families of loved ones with disabilities, traditional trick-or-treating may not be as accessible.

To help solve this issue, the Eagle Mountain City Events department created the Adaptive Trick-or-Treat event.

“We created this event because we see a need in our community for more adaptive programming, where individuals have a place to enjoy holiday events that may not be able to attend our traditional-style events,” said Dawn Hancock, events manager for the City.

Adaptive Trick-or-Treat was held for the first time in 2021 and was named an award-winning event before its first anniversary.

At the start of 2022, Eagle Mountain City won the award for “best adaptive program” from the Utah Recreation & Parks Association (URPA).

While last year the event operated exclusively through one-on-one appointments, this year’s event will allow families the option to either attend the group event or schedule a private appointment.

“Our post-survey results showed the families would rather attend the smaller event at the same time as other kids who also have disabilities,” says Hancock. “This year, we opened the doors to allow both options.”

Hancock says they are more than happy to accommodate a one-on-one appointment.

With the help of the Eagle Mountain Senior Citizens, the open house-style event will be set up in a dimly lit room at City Hall where kids can trick-or-treat from table to table.

Halloween music will be quietly played so kids can dance and mingle if they’re comfortable doing so, according to Hancock.

Adaptive Trick-or-Treat is an event for individuals with disabilities of all ages and their families.

“We have a resident who attends this event with his daughter and comes to decorate City Hall for us,” says Hancock.

Participants in Adaptive Trick-or-Treat will receive a trick-or-treat bag as well as candy and non-candy treats.

“We are hoping this event continues to grow,” says Hancock. “Each year we anticipate adding a little something to the event.”

While registration for the event is closed, individuals who are interested in participating and missed the registration window may contact events@emcity.org to be placed on the waitlist.