What it means if someone uses blue trick or treating bucket on Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching which means trick or treaters will soon be knocking on your door, so make sure you are armed with plenty of sweets ready for when the doorbell rings.

After the night was literally cancelled due to the pandemic, we are more excited than ever to don the scariest costumes with the little people in our lives.

However, did you realise that the colour of the trick or treater’s bucket can hold special significance? Us neither.

As reported by the Manchester Evening News, one mum is hoping to raise awareness by encouraging people to see a blue bucket as a signal that the person carrying it has autism.

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After experiencing trick or treating with her own autistic son, one mum in America felt that she wanted to make it clear to the world what condition he is living with.

"If you see someone who appears to be an adult dressed up to trick or treat this year carrying this blue bucket, he’s our son," she said on social media.

"His name is BJ & he is autistic. While he has the body of a 21 year old, he loves Halloween.

"Please help us keep his spirit alive & happy. So when you see the blue bucket share a piece of candy. Spread awareness! These precious people are not 'too big' to trick or treat."

While every individual is different, those living with autism can struggle to communicate with others meaning the blue pumpkin could be helpful to navigate interactions this Halloween.

As well as something you may want to be aware of when meeting an autistic child at your doorstep, it can also explain why older children and adults may be taking part.

The idea is already proving popular, with many other parents commenting their approval.

"Love this idea! Hope he has a great Halloween,” said one person.

While another said: "What a wonderful idea".

"My brother is also 21 and autistic. He’s got the body of an adult but the heart and mind of a child. I love this reminder. Thank you," said a third.

Another said: "Love this, thank you for spreading awareness".

Previously, teal pumpkins were used to raise awareness of trick or treaters who may have food allergies.

The Teal Pumpkin Project is an awareness campaign from Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) aims to make sure children with dietary restrictions also enjoy trick or treating.

So keep an eye out for either this Halloween so that everyone can enjoy the celebration.

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