Autism Awareness: What a Blue Trick-or-treat Bucket Means This Halloween

Halloween is becoming one of the most beloved nights of the year for kids and adults alike, filled with ghosts, witches, jack-o'-lanterns and, most importantly, treats.

For many kids, trick-or-treating is the most exciting part, by giving them a chance to dress up and get their hands on some free sweets.

However, for some, busy loud nights like Halloween can be terrifying. For those with autism, going door-to-door saying "trick or treat" to receive sweets may be challenging and trigger a sensory overload, ending up doing more harm than good.

For this reason, this Halloween, you may see some costumed children trick-or-treating with blue buckets, to represent they have autism and may have certain needs you should take into consideration.

The initiative was started last year by a mother in America who used a Facebook post to explain her idea of using a blue bucket, which has since gone viral and been shared over 30,000 times. You can see the original post here: http://bit.ly/FacebookBlueBucket 

These blue buckets are a great way to raise awareness that the child or teenager may have autism and, in some cases, may be non-verbal and unable to say "trick-or-treat" in exchange for sweets. So, make sure you help spread awareness and this Halloween, when you see a blue bucket, share some sweets and keep the All Hallows' Eve spirit alive!

The initiative is not to be confused with the Teal Pumpkin Project, meant to raise awareness for food allergies and other dietary restrictions to make trick or treating safer for all. A teal pumpkin, if put outside your home, is a clear sign to parents and children that there are non-food treats available.

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