A mom is trying something new to help her son with autism have a more enjoyable
Her idea is picking up steam on social media.
Omairis Taylor shared a Facebook post saying she's going to give her 3-year-old son, Luke, who is nonverbal, a blue bucket for trick-or-treating. She said that when she and her son were out for Halloween last year, people waited for him to say "trick or treat" before giving him candy.
"Please allow him (or anyone with with a BLUE BUCKET) to enjoy this day," Taylor wrote.
The post has been shared more than 148,000 times as of Sunday.
Taylor told USA TODAY she and her son have been practicing all year for Oct. 31.
"At that point I was like, he’s going to enjoy it, make memories," she said. "He’s going to feel normal ... I want him to just be able to grab his bucket and go."
Taylor said she wanted to use the blue bucket after she and Luke tried trick-or-treating last year. She said people were just being friendly by trying to encourage Luke to say "trick or treat."
"He was getting frustrated, and it was just too much," she said. "It was like an overload for him. They weren’t being rude at all. Just trying to get the kids to enjoy the holiday. And I had to be like, 'Hey, my son is not being rude. He’s very particular with the candy.'"
Most of the feedback on the post has been positive, Taylor said.
"Moms reaching out to me saying, 'I’m going through the same thing,'" she said. "Or, 'My son is 18, we’ve been through this.'”
Kristyn Roth, chief marketing officer for the Autism Society of America, said in a statement that the idea to use blue buckets "is one example of creating an adaptive, enjoyable experience" for a child with autism.
"While blue Halloween buckets are not a standardized practice, we have seen individuals with autism and families create various messaging to indicate that someone is autistic and may communicate differently," Roth said in a statement to USA TODAY.
In 2016, the Autism Society of America released tips for parents with children with autism who are looking to enjoy Halloween.
"Halloween can be a wonderful and exciting event, but the lack of routine and hidden faces may be among the stressors that make Halloween less fun for our loved ones on the autism spectrum," the organization wrote in 2016.
The organization recommended making sure a Halloween plan is in place. If going out for Halloween isn't an option, the Autism Society of America recommended throwing a Halloween party at home.
"Consider throwing a Halloween party at your house, then you and your child can work together to plan decorations, food, and guests; nothing is a surprise and you still get to enjoy your Halloween," the organization said.