What does the Blue Bucket Mean This Halloween?


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Meredith Mears , Reporter

Halloween is right around the corner, which means trick or treaters will soon be knocking on your door. The sight of orange, purple, and pink pumpkin pails the kids carry comes to mind when I think of trick or treaters. This year, a new trend is starting to arise: the blue bucket campaign. This campaign is used to promote acceptance for children who have disabilities like autism. The blue bucket is used as a symbol for others to be aware and understanding of children with disabilities. Some children may be nonverbal and can’t physically say “trick or treat.” By having the blue bucket, this lets the candy givers know to have some patience.

A common complaint among parents whose children have a disability is the lack of understanding from the candy givers and other fellow trick or treaters. Some candy givers may demand the child to say “trick or treat” and “thank you” in order to get the candy. It can be hard for some children to talk to a stranger, let alone while in the dark. Also, Halloween occurs one time out of the whole year and children with some disabilities may have a sensory overload due to all the sounds, lights, costumes, change of schedule, and too much stimulation. So please be courteous to all while handing out candy or going trick or treating with others this year. Just because someone is carrying a blue bag or bucket doesn’t mean they have a disability, but just remember that it could mean they have one. If anything, please be understanding to all and make everyone’s Halloween experience enjoyable, no matter how different some may be.

Another campaign is the teal pumpkin campaign. The teal pumpkin campaign is a project that was founded in 2014. The campaign is for children who may have food allergies. Candy givers will put a teal pumpkin on their doorstep to let the trick or treaters know that they are giving out treats other than candy. Candy givers can also give out candy if they wish and participate in the teal pumpkin project, too. I couldn’t imagine having a food allergy and not being able to eat my candy. I wouldn’t find the same joy in Halloween as I do now.

Overall, I am glad that we are starting to adapt to others in times of need. I feel happy to be able to have campaigns that help others go trick or treating when they otherwise wouldn’t be able to. I think the world should learn to adapt to people with disabilities, instead of people with disabilities learning to adapt to the world in some instances. People with disabilities have enough on their plates and having the world adapt to them would make them feel more comfortable in their own skin! I hope everyone has a safe Halloween and remember to be understanding to all.