Trick or Treat: The Meaning Behind The Blue Bucket

Jevyn Avery

If you see someone carrying around a blue bucket this Halloween instead of a orange or purple one or even a grocery bag and sometimes a pillow case there is a meaning behind it. The blue bucket signifies that whoever is carrying it has autism. The person carrying the blue bucket can range from all ages whether they are a very young child all the way to an adult. No matter how old you are or how you physically look you can still have the Halloween spirit.

A mom made this popular after she uploaded a post to Facebook which explained why her 3-year-old son who has autism will be carrying the blue bucket this Halloween. In the post she talked about how her son is nonverbal and every-time he went to a new house last year they would expect him to say “trick or treat” before he was given a piece of candy. Since her son is nonverbal, sometimes she would have to say “trick or treat” for him just so he could get a piece of candy. She then said that “there I go explaining the situation for the next 5 blocks.”

“Autism also known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is an developmental disorder of variable severity that is characterized by difficulty in social interaction and speech and nonverbal communication and by restricted or repetitive patterns of thought and behavior.” The Centers for Disease Control estimates 1 in 59 children in the United States are affected by autism. Every person with autism has their own unique set of strengths and challenges. People with autism can manage their situation in different ways, by being highly skilled or they can be extremely challenged. Some people with autism spectrum disorder may need all the support they can get and some can live an everyday life with limited support or even independently.

Autism is a very important subject that should be talked about and the blue bucket is a great way to raise more awareness for autism. 







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