Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere! It’s officially Fall and with Halloween nearing, you may notice all sorts of brightly colored pumpkins or colored trick-or-treat buckets.

So, what exactly does each colored pumpkin mean?

We will break down the special meaning behind each colored pumpkin below so you are fully aware of the meanings as you trick-or-treat this Halloween.

Meaning behind colored pumpkins

The Meaning Behind Each Colored Pumpkin

Teal Pumpkins

Teal Pumpkins were originally started by the Teal Pumpkin Project. The teal color means that the home has non-food treats available to hand out to trick-or-treaters. Instead of candy, a child with food allergies can receive small toys or items.

It can also mean that the house has allergy-friendly candy.

Teal pumpkin meaning

Purple Pumpkins

Purple Pumpkins were originally started by the Purple Pumpkin Project which began as a way to raise awareness for epilepsy. If you see a home that has a purple pumpkin displayed, it could mean either that someone who lives there has the condition or they know how to respond to an epileptic seizure.

Purple pumpkin meaning

Pink Pumpkins

Many may already know this, but October is breast cancer awareness month so naturally, Pink pumpkins are in support of breast cancer awareness. If you see a pink pumpkin at a home, it could mean that a person in the home is a survivor, knows someone who is a survivor, or is currently undergoing treatment.

Pink pumpkin meaning

Now that you know what the different colored pumpkins mean, you might be wondering what the different colored candy buckets mean.

Colored candy buckets

As you are trick-or-treating this year or are passing out candy, you may notice different colored candy buckets. Here’s the special meaning behind them…

Teal Candy Buckets

Just like the colored pumpkins, if a child has a teal bucket it can mean that child suffers from food allergies and will need allergy-friendly treats (you can ask the parent if that is okay) or offer non-food treats like small toys, stickers, pencils, or glow sticks.


Purple Candy Buckets

Just like with the purple pumpkins, purple color buckets can indicate the child has epilepsy. While you may not be able to offer specific candy/items during trick-or-treating, it helps knowing about this in case the child has a seizure.

Blue Candy Buckets

A blue candy bucket may inform others that the child is on the autism spectrum. It helps others know that these trick-or-treaters may not be able to say “Trick or treat!” or “Thank you”. Patience, kindness and acceptance in this situation ensures all children can trick-or-treat and have a great Halloween.

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  1. a white trick or treat bucket with red markings, or a costume with the words blind trick or treater. The cane is white with a red tip. as for the def, a shirt, jacket, or trick or treat bag showing sign language????