If you notice a trick-or-treater carrying a blue pumpkin bucket this year, it may convey a message. So what does a blue pumpkin mean on Halloween? It could be a subtle way to let others know more about the person who is out trick-or-treating.

The idea started last year when one mom wanted to let neighbors know her 21-year-old autistic son was trick-or-treating by using a blue bucket. Basically, the blue bucket acted as a signal that he was not in fact “too old” to be out trick-or-treating. What started as a sort of heads’ up Facebook post for neighbors caught a lot of attention (because it’s a great idea, to be honest), and the post went viral, generating over 28,000 shares and 17,000 reactions.

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