Parent encourages blue Halloween buckets to raise autism awareness

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Photo: Omairis Taylor via Facebook

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — While going door-to-door for candy each Halloween is easy for most children, it can be challenging for those with autism.

A viral Facebook post is hoping to spread the word that children with blue buckets are meant to alert residents that the child or teen may have autism, and may have trouble speaking.

In 2018, Facebook user Alicia Plumer shared that she was trying to make the holiday more fun for her autistic 21-year-old son by notifying neighbors that he was carrying a blue bucket.

Blue has been a color associated with autism advocacy due to the use of it in the worldwide “Light It Up Blue” events associated with Autism Speaks each year on World Autism Day.

Teal pumpkins are meant to raise awareness of children carrying food allergies.

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