Blue pumpkins mean inclusion for Halloween


HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – When you see kids pulling out tricks or treats this year, you might notice blue or teal pumpkins and bags of treats. It is a non-verbal way of communicating that the child has special needs.

Blue and teal are the colors of the treats.

It’s that time of year when kids enthusiastically talk about costumes and go door-to-door for Halloween treats. However, not all children will be capable of the famous phrase.

“You might have a child who comes to you with a little trepidation or a little trepidation or who is really experiencing something or a treatment for the first time,” said Stephanie Walker of Rocket town mom.

This child may have special needs or have the autism spectrum. And they can wear a pumpkin or a blue or teal bag instead of the traditional orange.

“You can have a kid that comes to your door with a blue bucket that he can’t do anything but stay there,” Betsy Berman said.

Berman is the co-founder of the Autism Resource Foundation in Huntsville. The Blue or Teal Pumpkin originated from the initiative called The Blue or Teal Pumpkin Project.

The project was created so that people recognize people with autism when they show up at the front door for treats. The teal colored pumpkin recognizes someone with food allergies, and blue is for autism or a child or person who may have non-verbal communication.

“I think it’s important that children can participate in any way they can. You are going to find autistic children on both ends of the spectrum. Some who are very verbal and will fully understand that a blue bucket will stand out from the typical orange bucket and want to be included with the typical kids with the orange bucket, ”Berman said.

Since 2018, the main idea of ​​the project has been to enable people with special needs to be inclusive and to encourage people to be patient at their doorstep when trying to communicate.

“I hope doing this and talking more will help the community understand and realize that there are children with differences, and please treat them as you would anyone else.”

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