COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Halloween is known as the scary or spooky holiday. And it truly can be for some children, especially those who are on the autism spectrum.

This is why for the past 8 years, the staff at Bridgeway Academy has held a Halloween event at the school. It’s all in an effort to give kids an opportunity to trick-or-treat in a safe environment before possibly doing it in their own neighborhoods.

For kids with autism, the crowds can be overwhelming and the communication can be tricky at times as well. But that’s not all.

“Just the changes and surprises that come with Halloween,” said Ann Shipley, a behavioral analyst. “Some of them are scary and being prepared and knowing what to do in the event that you encounter a skeleton. it’s not necessarily something kids run into everyday. Get a bit of a taste of it here so when they go out into the community, it was a little scary.”

About 250 kids attended the event.