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Happy Halloween and important reminders!

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For children with autism, holidays like Halloween can sometimes be more stressful than they are fun.

However, one Hawaii-based mom is determined to make sure her 3-year-old son — who is autistic and nonverbal — doesn’t have to worry about having a fun time while trick-or-treating this year.

“My son is 3 years old and has autism. He is nonverbal. Last year houses will wait for him to say TRICK OR TREAT in order for him to get a piece of candy and there I go explaining the situation for the next 5 blocks,” Omairis Taylor wrote on Facebook last week. “This year we will be trying the BLUE BUCKET to signify he has autism.”

The blue buckets are meant to alert candy givers that the child might have autism, may be non-verbal, and can’t say things like “trick-or-treat” or “Happy Halloween.”

And if your child has a food allergy? The Teal Pumpkin Project is an effort by the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) organization to raise awareness of food allergies and promote inclusion of all trick-or-treaters during the Halloween season. This project originated as a local activity by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee and has since become a worldwide event. According to FARE, teal is the color for food allergy awareness and has been used to raise awareness about food-related medical conditions for 20 years. Those who participate in the project place a teal painted pumpkin outside their door and provide non-food treats to trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

And if you have teen trick-or-treaters come to your door?

And this important PSA: Never be sorry.

Happy Halloween, Mamas!

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