The sights, the sounds and the super-charged sensory stimulation of Halloween night is overwhelming for everyone—and for children with autism, trick-or-treat isn’t always easy.

Enter the blue pumpkin. Mom Omairis Taylor recently wrote, on her Facebook page, “My son is three years old and has autism. He is nonverbal. Last year houses will wait for him to say TRICK OR TREAT in order for him to get a piece of candy and there I go explaining the situation for the next five blocks.”

Omairis continued, “This year we will be trying the BLUE BUCKET to signify he has autism. Please allow him (or anyone with a BLUE BUCKET) to enjoy this day and don’t worry I’ll still say TRICK OR TREAT for him.”

So how does the blue bucket work? Unlike the teal pumpkin project you may have seen in previous years, the blue bucket isn’t something you need to put on your doorstep. A teal pumpkin indicates the availability of non-food treats for children with allergies. The blue bucket is something that the trick-or-treater brings with them, and hopefully it helps bring a smile to everyone’s face this Halloween.

—Erica Loop

Featured photo: Autism Awareness via Instagram



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