‘Keeping the kids together’: Nonprofit holds Halloween party for children with Autism

PEMBROKE – Alexa Roderick, 6-years-old, of Marshfield, was giggling  as she  came down the slide.

“She really enjoys the slide,” said Hannah Roderick, her mother. “We can’t get her out of the slide.”

More than 170 families  brought their children to the City Arena in Pembroke to enjoy the Autism Inclusion Halloween Party.

“We want to get the kids together and have fun,” said Candice Hartford, founder of Raising Harts. “Our mission is to grow a warm, supportive, and empowering community for families with neurodiverse children in which they can enrich their lives and grow together.”

The first hour of the event was quiet for  those who are sensitive to noises and lights, and the rest of it featured music and lights.

The party  offered many activities for children, such as bouncy houses, face painting, balloon artists, immersive coloring and art centers, a calm-down area and more.

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