Halloween has become huge here in Australia, especially in our house. Kids everywhere can’t wait to don their spooky costumes, grab a pumpkin bucket and get out on the street to collect their lollies. However, for some kids who have autism, the night can be just too stressful, and this year one mum has found a way to help her son enjoy the night and raise awareness about autism at the same time.
A tricky night
Omairis Taylor, a mum living in Hawaii, has a three-year-old son who has autism. He is non-verbal so he can’t do the usual ‘trick or treat’ routine, which means his mum has to explain the situation at every single house.
“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,” she said on Facebook.
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…
Watch for the blue bucket
However, this year, Omairis has a different plan and posted it on Facebook to spread the word. Her son will be carrying a blue bucket to indicate to those around that he has autism.
“This year we will be trying the BLUE BUCKET to signify he has autism,” the mum wrote. “Please allow him (or anyone with a BLUE BUCKET) to enjoy this day.”
The mum is hopeful that if people see the blue bucket, they will understand that her son might need a little more understanding, making the event a lot less daunting and more enjoyable for all.
“This holiday is hard enough without any added stress,” she added. “Thank you in advance.”
A night like Halloween is full of colour, costumes and noise and for some kids who have autism, extremely difficult. But with a blue bucket in hand, perhaps Omairis’ child will be able to enjoy Halloween as every three-year-old should. And Omairis can have a little peace of mind.
Omairis has taken this opportunity to not only prepare for a fun Halloween but to also raise autism awareness and acceptance.
“I have made this post public in hopes you will share and get the BLUE BUCKET message out there for Autism Awareness and acceptance this Halloween,” she wrote.
And one thing is for sure, she’s getting the message across. The post was inundated with likes and comments and was shared 153,000 times. Hopefully, the blue bucket will make a difference for kids with autism this Halloween. And that Omairis and her son can now look forward to the big night, which is drawing near.
Let’s hope it’s this little boy’s best Halloween ever.