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Autism Awareness: Blue Bucket Project helps make Halloween safe and fun!

DAYTON — Halloween can be a tricky time for some, especially for parents of children with Autism.

Alicia Plumer shared a picture of a blue trick-or-treat bucket with the message, “If you see someone who appears to be an adult dressed up to trick-or-treat this year carrying this blue bucket, he’s our son,” according to the National Autism Association website.

Plumer’s post gained attention and began to trend within the autism community.

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Trick-or-treaters carrying blue buckets can be used to help the general public interact with those who have autism.

Those with autism may not be able to make eye contact, and could also have sensory issues that prevent them from wearing an elaborate costume, according to the National Autism Association. For some kids and young adults with autism, there are a lot of challenges to overcome on Halloween, but like everyone else, they want to enjoy the fun.

For more information on autism or the “Blue Buck Project,” visit nationalautismassociation.org/blue-buckets-for-halloween.

Parents, if your child has autism, the National Autism Association has free card cutouts to help trick-or-treaters who may be non-verbal, HERE.