A new trend starting in 2019 is helping those with autism. This year on Halloween, you might see more and more children walking around with blue pumpkins. Some of these kids might be saying a message in a subtle way that they have autism spectrum disorder. Holding a blue pumpkin up would be their way of saying “Trick or Treat!” since some children are non-verbal. Although the blue pumpkin is not yet a nationally recognized practice, this grassroots efforts could catch on similar to what Teal Pumpkins stand for. So if you see an older child trick-or-treating with a blue pumpkin pail, it’s OK to give them candy because they love to dress up and collect candy as well. A mother of a 21-year-old autistic son started the tradition by posting to Facebook.
Another growing trend for austitic children celebrating Halloween is the use of Trick or Treat cards. The National Autism Association created cards you can print out and hand to everyone while trick or treating. There’s even a card for your child in case of separation. Click here to download the cards.
Photo Source: nationalautismassociation.org
Let’s hope these trends continue so that everyone can have a Happy Halloween and have lots of fun getting candy!