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Shreveport, LA: Treat-or-treat pumpkins for "complex mental, physical issues"

Oct 26, 2023, KTAL TV, Shreveport, LA: What the color of a trick-or-treater’s Halloween bucket actually means

Did you know that noticing the color of a child’s Halloween bucket is important for both those trick or treating and those handing out the candy?

From epilepsy to autism, diabetes, and allergies to anxiety and depression, our little ones are living in a world of complex mental and physical issues that often get overlooked by those who haven’t experienced these conditions first- or secondhand.

Teal buckets stand for allergies

Did you know that one out of every 13 children has a food allergy? Many of the candies common during trick-or-treating can harm children with such allergies, even if the candy has only had cross-contact and does not contain the actual ingredient that causes an allergic reaction in the child….

Homes that place Teal buckets by their front doors signify that they understand allergies are a major issue for a significant number of children. These homes are “safe houses” for kids with allergies, and this good neighbor policy really shows that the homeowner has an awareness of food allergies….

And for those who are out on the streets with children who have food allergies, try following a Purple buckets stand for epilepsy

Almost half a million children and 3.4 million adults in the United States have epilepsy.

Whether you realize it or not, you’re around children who have epilepsy–out of every 1000 students approximately six of those students have been diagnosed….

Make sure your child has taken all medications….

Blue buckets stand for autism

One out of every 36 children in the United States has been diagnosed with autism, and at least 1% of the world’s population finds themselves somewhere on the autistic spectrum.


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