If You See a Blue Halloween Bucket During Trick or Treat, This Is What It Means

Halloween is one of the best family holidays of the year. The kids get to have fun with costumes, friends, and trick or treat, while parents get to invest in spooky decor and talk about Halloween from years past.

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But Halloween doesn’t look the same for everyone. While you’re passing out candy to all the boys and girls during trick-or-treating this year, keep an eye out for kids with a blue Halloween candy bucket.

What does a blue Halloween bucket mean?

In recent years, a blue Halloween bucket has become an unofficial signifier for kids on the autism spectrum and autism awareness. While trick-or-treating has been happening for close to 100 years, using blue buckets has only just begun to gain footing. Neighbors came together and started posting on Facebook and other forms of social media to bring awareness to the practice as early as 2018.

Why are the blue buckets important?

We’re all pretty used to the normal Halloween night practices when it comes to trick or treat. Kids ring the doorbell, say “trick or treat,” and swiftly receive some form of sugar-filled compensation. But, it’s important to note that some children with autism may be nonverbal.

Because of this, saying “trick or treat!” as soon as the door is opened may not happen, but that doesn’t mean that child doesn’t still deserve the best Halloween candy you can buy. Seeing the blue bucket and being aware is the most important step!

What about teal pumpkins?

Look out for teal pumpkins on Halloween, too. This is used to raise awareness for children with food allergies and food-related medical conditions. It’s an important issue to think about when it comes to passing out candy with potential common allergens like gluten and peanuts. For kids with food allergies, we like these allergy-free Halloween treats.

Just remember that a little bit of knowledge and kindness can go a long way—and can even turn a regular day into a memory a child will hold onto forever! For more color-coded trivia, find out what a painted purple fence means and what the blue twist tie on your bread bag signifies.

Why make fake blood

While it’s easy to buy fake blood, it’s cheaper and more fun to whip it up in your kitchen laboratory with ingredients you have in your pantry. Plus, it will save you a last-minute run to the costume store on October 30—just like these last-minute Halloween costume ideas.

Fake blood for skin

Fake blood that comes in contact with your skin or mouth needs to edible. Also, this type of blood needs to be slightly runny. After all, fresh blood is the best for dripping and splattering!

3/4 cup corn syrup

1/4 cup water

1/2 teaspoon red food coloring

5 drops blue food coloring

2 drops green food coloring

1 tablespoon corn starch

Combine the water and corn syrup. The corn syrup will make the blood a bit viscous—you want it runny, but not too runny. Add the food coloring. (Using green and blue makes the color more realistic.) Finally, mix in the cornstarch. This will thicken the mixture a bit more. Let is sit at room temperature for ten minutes before use. Note: this will stain skin and clothing.

Fake blood for clothes

For clothes, you will need to make the blood a bit thicker and darker. This recipe is non-toxic and also made with edible ingredients. Ideally, you’d want to make a bigger batch of this fake blood so you can thoroughly soak your costume. This recipe uses “parts” versus exact measurements for the corn syrup and water. That way, you can make as little or as much as you like.

Corn syrup


Red food coloring

Cocoa powder

Mix three parts corn syrup thoroughly with one part water in a large bowl. Add a couple of drops of red food coloring into the mixture while stirring continuously. Keep adding more drops of food coloring until the blood is the desired color. Stir for at least five minutes to distribute the food coloring evenly. Add 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the mixture and stir. This thickens the blood. Keep adding the cocoa powder, a tablespoon at a time, until it reaches the consistency you desire. The blood will be thick but not lumpy, so it can sit on your clothing and absorb without running. Pair your fake blood with one of these 15 Halloween costumes you can only find at Target.

Fake blood for guts

A batch of fake blood and guts is perfect for a haunted house, Halloween decorations, or as part of your creepy costume.

For the guts:

2 tablespoons corn starch

4 teaspoons water

2-5 drops red food coloring

1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder

Mix together the cornstarch, food coloring, and water in a bowl. Mix until you have a smooth consistency. Then, mix in the cocoa powder—small clumps are okay, it will look like blood clots. Use your fingers to press the mixture against the side of the bowl to form organ shapes. You may wish to mix in a little more cornstarch or cocoa mix to firm up or darken your organs.

For the blood:

2/3 cup chocolate syrup

1/3 cup laundry detergent

4 to 6 teaspoons red food coloring

This blood is not edible and should not come into direct contact with your skin.

Combine the chocolate syrup, laundry detergent, and food coloring. Mix until it’s a smooth consistency. Arrange the guts into whatever shape you desire. Cover the flesh and organs with the fake blood. If you want the blood to be a bit runnier, thin it out with water and a few drops of red food coloring. Find out what the fake blood you see in movies is really made of.

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