Halloween 2019 may be taking a greater role than ever thought possible for increasing public awareness about autism and food allergies.

Chances are good if you open your doors to trick or treaters, one may show up with a blue treat bucket. That indicates the child has autism.

Photo courtesy: Omairis Taylor

The pumpkin treat buckets are hoped to make trick or treating more obvious for kids with autism who may not be able to say the age old proclamation, “Trick or Treat!”. Hawaii mother, Omairis Taylor, is generally given credit for starting the blue bucket idea. Last year, when taking her son trick or treating, people kept waiting for him to say the normal line before offering a treat. The blue bucket may help change that situation around. As many as one in 59 kids in America has autism.

The Teal Pumpkin Project is connected to a national awareness campaign from the Food Awareness research Education group, or FARE. That group recommends placing a teal pumpkin on your doorstep if you will be offering nonfood treats to kids with a food allergy. And if you plan to do that you can add your place to a list of participating residences to the Teal Pumpkin Project Map at the group’s website.