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Look out for the Blue Pumpkin

Blue pumpkin candy buckets can be a subtle sign that the trick-or-treater is autistic.

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Halloween is a time of fun that kids and adults look forward to each autumn. Costumes are fretted over, spooky masked faces appear in the neighborhood, and – most importantly – kids on the prowl repeating “trick-or-treat” at each door are hauling in a year’s worth of the best candy. Yet not every kid is comfortable with the holiday: Those on the Autism spectrum tend to have a more difficult time enjoying themselves.

Now parents are trying a new approach to ensure all kids have a more enjoyable trick-or-treating experience. It’s a simple blue pumpkin candy bucket. The phenomenon took off last year after one mom, Alicia Plumer, shared an image of a blue Halloween bucket on social media, announcing 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 explained that, last year, well intentioned candy givers would expect her young son, Luke, to say, “trick-or-treat.”  It became an awkward and repetitive embarrassment for Luke, who is non-verbal. As Taylor explained to USA Today, “At that point I was like, he’s going to enjoy it, make memories. He’s going to feel normal … I want him to just be able to grab his bucket and go.”

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.” With the presence of mind for a fun for all holiday, adding a touch of blue to Halloween may open doors for all kids.

This year with a blue bucket, neighbors will know not to expect a traditional trick-or-treater.  Taylor and Luke have been practicing all year for how to handle Halloween, and they aren’t alone. Other parents have reached out to share their stories and ideas on how to make the holiday fun for all kids. And the blue pumpkin bucket has become unofficial 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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