If you are preparing your candy stash for a hoard of little trick-or-treaters, you are going to want to know about the blue buckets. A child trick-or-treating with a blue candy basket in hand may have unseen disabilities.
Halloween is almost here and kids everywhere are picking out their costumes. Everyone is excited about carving pumpkins and dressing up like their favorite character or what they want to be when they grow up.
Most of all, kids can't wait to go door to door collecting candy. But for some kids with disabilities, the magic of it all is a little harder to reach. One mom came up with a great idea to silently let adults know which kids might need a little extra help and kindness on Halloween night.
Omairis Taylor, mom of a three-year-old with autism came up with the idea of giving kids with autism a blue bucket to collect their Halloween candy in. The color blue is a signal for other adults to know that this child has special needs.
Taylor is spreading the word about blue buckets after a stressful night of trick-or-treating last year when adults kept insisting that her nonverbal son say, "trick-or-treat" before giving him candy.
Taylor found herself having to explain her son's condition over and over throughout the night, adding stress to what was supposed to be a fun-filled evening. She knew that the people giving out candy did not mean any harm, but she wished there would be a way for them to know to adjust their expectations when her son arrived at their door.
This year, Taylor is giving her son a blue bucket to trick-or-treat with, and she is spreading the word on her Facebook page. She hopes that other parents will be alerted to the meaning of a blue bucket and that other children with autism or non-verbal children will carry blue buckets as well.