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25th Sep 2021

One mum’s clever blue bucket trick is helping autistic children on Halloween

Trine Jensen-Burke

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Halloween night is just a month away.

And needless to say kids up and down the country, and indeed, across the globe, have no doubt started getting excited to head out with their costumes on, buckets in hand, ready to trick-or-treat.

However, for autistic children, this might not be quite as straightforward. Or fun.

Which is no doubt the reason this pleading Facebook post from a mum of an autistic three-year-old went viral recently.

In the post, Omairis Taylor explained that her son is nonverbal. To make Halloween a little less stressful this year, she said her son will be going door to door with a blue trick-or-treat bucket for his Halloween candy. Blue buckets have become an increasingly common way to indicate that a trick-or-treater is autistic.

“Last year, houses will wait for him to say TRICK OR TREAT in order for him to get a piece of candy and there I go explaining the situation for the next 5 blocks,” she wrote. “This year we will be trying the BLUE BUCKET to signify he has autism.”

Taylor then urged people to allow her son “or anyone with a blue bucket” to “enjoy this day.”

“Don’t worry, I’ll still say TRICK OR TREAT for him, I’ll get my mom candy tax later,” Taylor wrote. “This holiday is hard enough without any added stress. Thank you in advance.”

The post has currently been shared more than 154.000 times, and so hopefully, word is out – if you see a child with a blue trick-or-treat bucket this year, just do your best to make the experience enjoyable for them – whether they can actually tell you ‘trick-or-treat’ or not.

Oh – and if you are looking for blue buckets for your Halloween night outing – we recently spotted some at Dealz!