This Halloween you might notice some different colored Halloween buckets for trick or treating in addition to the traditional orange jack o lantern buckets. Aside from being fun and colorful trick or treating buckets, the color may have a bigger meaning behind it. Read more to find out what the blue bucket and teal bucket might mean this Halloween night.

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What does the blue bucket mean for Halloween?

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Blue Bucket on Halloween Meaning

One Mom is Encouraging The Use of Blue Halloween Buckets to Spread Autism Awareness and it is worth knowing about!

Now, I don’t want to confuse anyone, these blue buckets are different from the teal buckets that are being used for food allergy awareness.

Halloween Blue Buckets for Autism

The Blue Buckets are a way to help others be aware that a child may be autistic and unable to speak up and say “trick-or-treat” while out this Halloween. 

History of the Blue Bucket at Halloween

The idea came from a mom named Michelle Koenig from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania who has a 5-year-old son with autism. Since he is going out for the first time this Halloween, she wanted a way to help bring awareness to him and children that may have a difficult time saying “trick-or-treat” while visiting houses for candy.

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Using a blue halloween bucket can help autistic children enjoy trick or treating more. Credit: Walmart

Blue Buckets

Another mom posted on Facebook and had her post go viral (it has since been deleted) but it said:

“This year we will be trying the blue bucket to signify he has autism. Please allow him (or any other person with a blue bucket) to enjoy this day and don’t worry I’ll still say ‘trick or treat’ for him.

This holiday is hard enough without any added stress. Thank you in advance.”

This is a great think to keep in mind this Halloween.

The Blue Halloween Bucket Shouldn’t Be Confused With The Teal Halloween Bucket

What is the difference between the blue Halloween bucket and the teal Halloween bucket? As mentioned above, the blue Halloween bucket represents Autism. It lets people know that your child is autistic so they can be courteous and understanding to their special needs.

The teal Halloween bucket on the other hand is used to represent allergy awareness. May it be allergies to gluten, soy, nuts, dairy, chocolate, etc. This way people can be prepared for kids who can’t enjoy these candies. Perhaps handing out pencils, toys, slime, and the such are good alternatives.

Halloween Teal Buckets for Allergy Awareness

These are the teal buckets:

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Here are a few of our favorite teal buckets:

Now We Need a HALLOWEEN COSTUME for trick or treating!

Did you know about the Halloween blue bucket for autism?  Do you know of any other awareness colors we are missing this year for trick or treating?

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  1. While I am not autistic, I read the writings of several adults that are autistic who feel that having a child carry a blue bucket identifies the child to others in a way that could open them up to bullying and other misunderstandings. It tells the world more about your child than you might want the world to know. The child should be involved in the decision to carry a different colored bucket, be it blue or teal.