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Decoding Colored Pumpkins for Halloween Trick-or-Treating

“They are the rarest of all varieties and resonate the highest truth, communicating freely and clearly the uniqueness it represents.”

The Epilepsy Foundation is behind the Purple Pumpkin Project, which aims to raise awareness around the condition. A purple pumpkin on someone’s doorstep is meant to be a conversation starter that gets neighbors talking about epilepsy and the challenges of living with seizures. Someone might display a purple pumpkin outside their home to signal that a person with epilepsy lives there—or to show that they will know how to respond if a trick-or-treater has a seizure. When you take your family trick-or-treating this Halloween, take a closer look at your neighbors’ decor. Among the fake spiderwebs and skeletons, you may notice pumpkins that have been painted teal, purple, or blue. Unlike your typical jack-O’-lantern, these gourds aren’t there just for decoration.

The black is meant to symbolize the darkness and cold that comes with winter. Like Caspers or Australian Blues, these pumpkins are either naturally yellow or are cultivated to be that way. They also don’t indicate anything specific in terms of health concerns or allergies. Some varieties of pumpkins—or squash, really—aren’t orange at all but stay yellow, naturally. These varieties may include hybrids like the Mellow Yellow or Sunlight pumpkin. The organization also asks people to remember that trick-or-treaters may look like adults, but function at a lower level.

This could either be candy or other food treats that are devoid of these allergens or non-candy items like small toys, fidgets, stickers, bubbles, etc. Though the quintessential symbol for Halloween and fall has historically been an orange pumpkin, this harvest-time squash has come in all colors, shapes and sizes since before the Sanderson sisters were born (hatched?). Still, there are tons of different Halloween pumpkin color meanings—and it’s important to know all of them and what they signify.

Autism Speaks asks that you hand over candy without ruining their Halloween fun. Trick-or-treating may feel more complicated today than when you were a kid. Luckily, it’s easier than ever to optimize the night and maximize your kids’ candy haul.

While trick or treating seems like a holiday tailor-made for all kids, Click on Detroit reminds us not all children have a positive reaction to candy and costumes. So, different colored pumpkins offer alerts to both parents and neighbors to help ensure all the district’s kiddos have a great — and safe — night out. Many of the teal pumpkins that you see usually signify that the person carrying a container of that color has a food allergy, or that the person who lives in the home where the teal pumpkin is displayed has food allergies. The color can also signify that the home gives candy and treats that are allergy-friendly for those who might need special pieces.

Just as a pink ribbon symbolizes breast cancer awareness, so does a pink pumpkin. Halloween falls within Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and many who have pink pumpkins may know a breast cancer survivor or are one themselves. The non-profit “Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation” has helped facilitate donations to organizations involved in breast cancer research based on the sales of seed and fruit from naturally pink pumpkins.

An orange pumpkin is also one that is ripe and can be picked from the vine. A blue candy bucket may inform others that the child is on the autism spectrum. It helps others know that these trick-or-treaters may not be able to say “Trick belgium age of consent or treat! Patience, kindness and acceptance in this situation ensures all children can trick-or-treat and have a great Halloween. A pumpkin that is tan—or sometimes even considered a light of shade of orange—is naturally occurring.

Erin, along with Reagan’s father, Travis, pulled educational resources from the Epilepsy Foundation to share with family and friends to learn more about the neurological disorder than just general seizures. But as Reagan’s birthday falls in October — and, almost magically, her favorite color is indeed purple — Erin thought of a new way to educate those in Reagan’s life about her daughter’s journey thus far. “As a family, we had fun painting pumpkins purple, but then I thought, ‘If she loves having a pumpkin, other kids can make a pumpkin.’ And we can ask our friends and family to start doing this, too,” Erin tells Good Housekeeping. “At first, it seemed like such a lonely road because nobody that I knew had food allergies, nor their children,” says Priscilla, adding that she stumbled upon FARE after seeing a solitary teal pumpkin display while walking an area far from home.

The following year, Laura was inspired by the burgeoning success of the Teal Pumpkin Project and learned of rumblings of how blue pumpkins were being used — and turning to her own community in Spartanburg, South Carolina, she founded what she calls the Yellow Pumpkin Parade. “Some children have issues with speech and can’t say the words; some have sensory issues and don’t want to wear a costume long, or even at all. Others may have motor planning difficulties, and the list goes on.” Diagnosed concurrently with cerebral palsy at age two, Reagan has always navigated living with epilepsy while in classrooms and among her peers.