The other day, my sister brought this news to my attention. Her clear and simple description of the origin behind the blue candy bucket mirrored the item’s simple purpose: To help recognize autistic trick-or-treaters.
Omairis Taylor is the mother of a 3-year-old son who happens to have autism and is nonverbal. Via Facebook, she explains how uncomfortable last year’s trick-or-treating was for both her and her son. The homeowners wouldn’t give candy because they were waiting for him to say ‘trick-or-treat.’ However, she would then have to explain how her son is nonverbal. This then continued for almost every other house. The full post reads:
“My son is 3 years old and has autism. He is nonverbal. 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. This year we will be trying the BLUE BUCKET to signify he has autism. Please allow him(or anyone with a BLUE BUCKET) to enjoy this day and don't worry I'll still say TRICK OR TREAT for him, ill get my mom candy tax later 😁. This holiday is hard enough without any added stress. Thank you in advance.”
She wrapped everything up by saying, “I have made this post public in hopes you will share and get the BLUE BUCKET message out there for Autism Awareness and acceptance this Halloween.” I’m 100% on board! Halloween should be a worry-free day jam-packed with fun for children. All they want to do is dress up as something they love and amass as much free candy as possible. This simple idea is brilliant, cost-effective, and discreet.
As of the writing of this article (October 22nd, 2019), the post currently has 29K likes, 5.9K comments, and 152K shares. Hopefully, those numbers continue to go up every day. The more awareness that is out there, the better. Cheers!