Most kids don't need much help to learn how Halloween works. Most know to say trick or treat, thank you and to stay outside when they're getting candy.
But, for some kids with developmental disabilities, Halloween etiquette can be difficult to stick with.
Last year, five-year-old Dietrich Lefler was a pirate for Halloween. This year- he's the same. And while he trick or treated just like his sisters, Dietrich did a few things differently.
"The first few houses we went to, when we rang the doorbell he ran inside," said his mom, Cindy Lefler.
Dietrich is on the Autism Spectrum. Children with Autism often have difficulty picking up social cues that others may understand. Lefler says Halloween is full of unusual social cues.
"It makes us realize that there's a lot of hidden rules in social activities," she said.
Like ringing the doorbell- but staying outside. There's only one day of the year that happens.
But this year when he goes trick or treating with his family, Dietrich will be ready.
"We actually break it all down into first this is going to happen, then this and then what's going to happen at the end. And that seems to help him because he knows what to expect," said Lefler. "We also talk about what are you going to say when you go up there.And so we work on the skills of saying trick or treat. Some of the social skills of what do you say after someone gives you a piece of candy or after you take something."
Dietrich can understand trick or treating- with some practice.
Lefler set up practice runs with a few of the neighbors to help him learn.
She said she hopes people will learn to be understanding.
"Kids that have disabilities and challenges- sometimes there's extra teaching involved, extra practicing, but that doesn't mean that can't get involved in an activity," she said.
Lefler added that Halloween isn't just collecting candy. In fact, Dietrich doesn't eat most of it. But, it is a chance to help her son gain social skills.