If you plan on having trick-or-treaters come to your house this year, there are a few things you need to know about the different needs of the different children ringing your doorbell Halloween night.

Every year, kids from all over go trick-or-treating on Halloween in neighborhoods that may not be their own. You may see a bunch of kids you don't personally know and with each child may come a different set of needs. There are now ways to identify that.

One way is the Teal Pumpkin Project. Two years ago, I broke down what the "Teal Pumpkin" means and why it's important to have one at your house. Imagine being a kid and wanting to go trick-or-treating but being allergic to all of the candy. Participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project is a way for kids with allergies to be able to enjoy trick-or-treating as well.

Another way is to be aware of the blue halloween buckets. I'm not sure if this is a new concept but it certainly is important. According to Distractify, if you see a child at your door with a blue bucket, that means "that the person out and about has autism and might have extra needs."

One parent shared the importance of this by explaining that her son is nonverbal and many families would wait for him to say "Trick-or-treat" before giving him candy, which would leave her having to explain the situation at each household. Another parent said that many people won't give her 21-year-old son candy because of his age, not realizing that "he is autistic...while he has the body of a 21-year-old, he loves Halloween."

Halloween is supposed to be fun for everyone so spread the word so all children can enjoy the holiday equally!

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