What It Means When You See A Purple Pumpkin While Trick-Or-Treating

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It’s no secret that Halloween is going to look a lot different this year and some of us might be wondering how. One of the differences you might notice is purple pumpkins outside of people’s homes. This isn’t just another Halloween decoration; it actually has a significant meaning.

Pumpkin color meanings

While there may not be costume parties or bobbing for apples this year, there will be trick-or-treating. Some may frown on this but a lot of kids aren’t taking no for an answer when it comes to getting their candy.

While you’re out with the kiddos this year, you might notice a lot of purple pumpkins.

Purple pumpkins are symbolic of a COVID-free household.

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If someone has this on their doorstep it signifies that they have been tested or that they are in good health. The purple pumpkin idea helps kids to have a fun Halloween and parents to relax.

These houses will likely have individually wrapped items or even hand sanitizer. The adults passing out candy will be wearing masks or have grab-and-go bags waiting outside to eliminate interaction altogether.

The purple pumpkin can be displayed as a regular pumpkin painted purple or even a simple drawing hung in the window. If you see a purple pumpkin, this is a good house to stop at.

A child carrying a purple pumpkin for their candy may have epilepsy.

This important for nearby adults to know given that certain Halloween decorations, such as strobe lights, can be a trigger.

The purple pumpkins on door-steps are certainly new but people have been using colored pumpkins to signify different meanings for years.

Teal pumpkins are used to signify food allergies.

A child with a food allergy will usually carry around a teal pumpkin bucket to carry around their candy. This shows that they can not have certain ingredients such as peanuts, and gives adults the opportunity to ask before giving out candy.

A house with a teal pumpkin decoration, such as a painted pumpkin or a door hanging, will likely have treats other than food. Fun treat ideas for children with food allergies include glow sticks, stickers, vampire fangs, or bubbles.

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A child carrying a blue pumpkin to hold their candy may have autism.

This trick-or-treater might take a bit longer to pick out their favorite candy. They may not engage in talking much or say ‘thank you’ but they are still equally as grateful for their treat.

The blue pumpkin tells adults to be patient and helpful. Blue pumpkins placed outside the home as decoration can also mean support for the local police department.

Pink pumpkins are put out in support of breast cancer awareness.

Naturally, pink pumpkins are beautiful and can be bought from certain pumpkin growers to raise money for breast cancer research. Show your support by buying a naturally pink pumpkin or paint a regular one pink yourself.

Regardless of the color of your pumpkin or pail, it is especially important to be safe this Halloween.

If you’re taking your child trick-or-treating make sure that they are using hand sanitizer and social distancing as much as possible throughout the night.

Only accept candy that is individually wrapped and create a sanitation system for unwrapping. This could even mean wiping the unwrapped candy with a Clorox wipe before allowing your kids to dive in.

Try to find costumes that you have masks in the home for already or find a cute Halloween-themed face mask for your kiddo to wear. Halloween can still be fun as long as we are extra careful and keep an eye out for any purple or specially colored pumpkins.

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Lindsey Matthews is a writer who covers love and relationships, news, and pop-culture topics.

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