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Blue Pumpkins: Making Halloween Better for Autistic Kids

Not everyone is comfortable saying “trick-or-treat.” These blue pumpkins ensure they don’t have to.

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Halloween is a time of fun that kids and adults look forward to each fall, but not every kid is comfortable with the holiday. Those on the Autism spectrum can have a harder time enjoying themselves.

Now, parents are trying a new way to make sure all kids have fun when trick-or-treating. It’s a simple blue pumpkin candy bucket. The idea started last year after one mom, Alicia Plumer, shared an image of a blue Halloween bucket on social media. She said her older autistic son would be carrying the item while making the rounds in their neighborhood.

This year, another mom is sharing her story on social media to promote the blue pumpkin bucket.  Omairis Taylor said that, last year, candy givers would expect her young son, Luke, to say, “trick-or-treat.” It became was awkward and embarrassing for Luke, who is non-verbal (does not speak).

According to the World Health Organization, “1 in 6 children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASDs begin in childhood and tend to persist into adolescence and adulthood.” Adding a touch of blue to Halloween may open doors for all kids.

This year neighbors will know not to expect a traditional trick-or-treater if they see someone with a blue bucket. Taylor and Luke have been practicing all year for how to handle Halloween, and they aren’t alone. Other parents have shared their stories and ideas on how to make the holiday fun for all kids. The blue pumpkin bucket has become a symbol for Autism awareness. As scientist Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Sarah Cowgill

National Columnist at and Sarah has been a writer in the political and corporate worlds for over 25 years. As a sought-after speech writer, her clients included CEOs, U.S. Senators, Congressmen, Governors, and even a Vice President. She’s worked as Contributing Editor at Scottsdale Life, a news reporter for the Journal and Courier, and guest opinion political writer for numerous publications nationwide. A born storyteller, Sarah has published a full-length book and is currently finishing a quirky, sarcastic, second novel.

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