While handing candy out to kids this Halloween, pay attention to the color of their Halloween buckets. If you see blue or teal buckets, here is what they mean. Halloween is only a couple weeks away and many parents and homeowners are preparing for trick-or-treating time. If you're handing out treats this year, you may notice more teal and blue buckets coming to your doorstep. These buckets have a more important meaning than just their favorite color.

If you see a child with a teal bucket coming to your door, this means that they have a food allergy, and are participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project. The Teal Pumpkin Project aims to "raise awareness about food allergies through the addition of non-food trinkets and toys to your treats, making Halloween safer and more inclusive for all trick-or-treaters." If you're wondering what you can give them instead of candy, here are some suggestions according to the Teal Pumpkin Project:

  • Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
  • Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
  • Bubbles
  • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
  • Mini Slinkies
  • Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
  • Bouncy balls
  • Finger puppets or novelty toys
  • Coins
  • Spider rings
  • Vampire fangs
  • Mini notepads
  • Playing cards
  • Bookmarks
  • Stickers
  • Stencils

A child holding a blue bucket this Halloween signifies they are on the autism spectrum, according to WKYC News. This could mean that the person is participating in trick-or-treating, even if they seem "too old" to be trick-or-treating. It can also mean that they are non-verbal and unable to say "trick-or-treat" to ask for candy. If you see a child or even teenager holding a blue bucket, some parents are asking homeowners to still give the candy out in the Halloween spirit.