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Here’s Why Kids Carry Blue Trick or Treat Buckets

A row of multi-colored jack o'lantern buckets sits on a sidewalk.
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When you head out with the kids this Halloween, most will likely have the orange jack-o’-lantern trick or treat buckets. However, you might notice some little ghosts and witches carrying blue buckets, and it’s for an important reason.

Blue trick or treat buckets are intended to let homeowners and other trick or treaters identify kids with autism, particularly those who might be nonverbal.

The blue bucket appears to have originated back in 2019, when mom, Omairis Taylor, posted on her Facebook that her son would be carrying a blue bucket to let people know he’s autistic and nonverbal.

According to Taylor’s original post, her son was out trick or treating in 2018, and well-meaning homeowners would wait for him to say “trick or treat,” and encourage him to speak before giving him candy.

Unfortunately, this frustrated him and led to an unpleasant experience. That’s when Taylor came up with the idea of the blue bucket. Since her 2019 post, families across the country have taken up the practice, so if you see a blue bucket, you’ll know the child doesn’t speak.


Blue isn’t the only shade of bucket you might see out this Halloween, either. Teal pumpkins in front of homes signal that the owner is giving out non-food treats for those with allergies.

If you want to do more for Halloween this year than just trick or treating, check out these fun, kid-friendly activities.

[Via Taste of Home]

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