You may notice a new trend this Halloween: blue pumpkin buckets. It’s all in an effort to help raise awareness for children with autism and it started with one mother’s Facebook post.
Because some children cannot communicate that they’re autistic, trick-or-treating with a non-traditional orange pumpkin helps send a message in a subtle way. Since some children are non-verbal, the color is a signal saying “Trick or treat!” Although the blue pumpkin is not yet a nationally recognized practice, this grassroots effort could catch on similar to what teal pumpkins stand for. So if you see an older child trick-or-treating with a blue pumpkin pail, it’s okay to give them candy because they love to dress up and collect candy as well.
A mother of a 21-year-old autistic son started the tradition by posting to Facebook saying, “Spread awareness! These precious people are not ‘too big’ to trick or treat.”
Another growing trend for autistic children celebrating Halloween is the use of trick or treat cards. The National Autism Association created cards you can print out and hand to everyone while trick or treating. There’s even a card for your child in case of separation. You can download those cards here.
Photo Source: nationalautismassociation.org
Let’s hope these trends continue so that everyone can have a Happy Halloween and have lots of fun getting candy!