If you notice a trick-or-treater carrying a blue pumpkin bucket this year, it may convey a message beyond the color of the bucket. The Blue Buckets have a special meaning to those that may visit on Halloween (or whatever time allotted for the different communities). For some, it is a subtle way to let others know more about the person who is out trick-or-treating and has a Blue Bucket.
Last year a young Mother was out trick or treating with her three (3) year son who has autism. The Mother is a Staff Sargent serving with the U.S. Army in Hawaii. Her son is non-verbal, yet like many three-year-olds was excited to go ‘trick and treating’.
Upon reaching the first house the homeowner said to get candy you need to say ‘trick or treat’. The young son started backing away and the Mother had to explain that her son had autism and was non-verbal. According to the Mother, this went on for five blocks until the son motioned to go home.
Reaching out to the National Autism Foundation the Mother found that other parents had experienced the same concerns. This is when the concept of the Blue Bucket campaigned was shared. This year she and her son will be trying the BLUE BUCKET to signify he has autism.
So this year when you see a young person with a Blue Basket or Bucket, please ‘treat’ these young people without question and allow them to enjoy this day and don’t worry if they can’t say TRICK OR TREAT. For many young people, this holiday is hard enough without any added stress. Let them be kids and enjoy this FUN day.
Special thanks to S/Sgt. Omairis Taylor, U.S. Army for sharing this story. And thank you for serving our country.