Rich Padulo’s daughter Sienna had a great idea: make trick-or-treating accessible to everyone. Now the Padulos are making that happen on Queens Drive—and you can be a part of it. It sounds really fantastic.
The plan comes from a terrific insight: trick-or-treating is hard for kids with disabilities. Navigating steps and streets is a pain, and the night can overwhelming. The Padulos set out to fix that, and Queens Drive will be piloting the idea on Saturday, October 2.
Queens Drive will be closed to most traffic between Pine and Elm from 2 and 7 pm to allow kids from Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital to treat-or-treat. Pre-registered kids from the community are encouraged to come, too—wearing their best costumes, of course!
The pre-registration part is important: to make sure that the space is safe, inviting, and easily navigable (and if you’ve been to Queens Drive on the other Hallowe’en, you know it can be epic), only kids who have preregistered will be invited to attend.
You can preregister here. (They ask that older kids register for later time slots.)
I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. Rich Padulo’s enthusiasm is amazing. He wants this to be the start of something big—not just for Weston, or even Toronto. He says, the goal is”to get the country to treat accessibly. Treat Accessibly is intended to be the tip of the spear to treat accessibly, and act accessibly for the rest of the year.”