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Children in costume will be hitting the streets next Tuesday night, October 31 all over the Ark-La-Tex and it seems like new colored pumpkins are popping up all the time, some are more of an awareness campaign than an actual warning or alert. What are they, and what do they mean? Here is the latest. 

1. Teal Pumpkin

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The teal pumpkin is a warning about food allergies. Part of the Teal Pumpkin Project trying to make Halloween safer for children who have severe food allergies. Like allergies to peanuts, soy, wheat, or milk. Candies made without these things might be at these houses, or treat alternatives like small toys.

2. Purple Pumpkin

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For a while the purple pumpkin was being pushed to mean COVID-19 rules compliance, but that's pretty much gone away. The purple pumpkin has actually been around since 2012 when it was introduced as an awareness campaign by the Epilepsy Foundation.

3. Blue Pumpkin

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The blue pumpkin hasn't caught as well as some but it is supposed to signify Autism Awareness and the fact that some children may have trouble saying "trick or treat". But they would like a treat anyway. Most people are pretty good about giving out the treats whether a kid appears shy or possibly autistic shouldn't matter.

4. Pink Pumpkin

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Pink signifies Breast Cancer awareness and has nothing to do with trick or treating. We continue the good fight against this deadly disease.

5. White Pumpkin

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The white pumpkin is showing support for those who have lost an infant in pregnancy.

6. Red Pumpkin

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Red is a warning and an awareness reminder against driving while impaired, and to be hyper-aware of children running around in the dark in search of candy.

7. Yellow Pumpkin

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The yellow pumpkin will be at a house raising awareness for the disabled.

As a DCD or "designated candy distributor" on Halloween, knowing these colors can help you when handing out treats as well. Some children may show up with candy buckets in these different colors so having an understanding of what they might mean can help you deal with the children as they come up. The most important would be the teal buckets, those children are allergic to something, so really watch out for those.

Or, they just might really like the color teal, you never know for sure. Let's be careful out there. Have a safe and happy Halloween.

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