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BLUE HALLOWEEN--Gina Beckwith and her husband Simon, a teacher in Peoria, buy blue buckets to distribute to children with autism to use on Halloween night. The buckets help treat givers know the trick-or-treater has autism and may have communication issues.

Here's a tip we can all take to heart this week:

Let's try to be patient and allow people to celebrate Halloween the way they will. As long as there's no thievery and the tricks aren't malicious, it's a pretty easy day to live and let live.

Halloween can turn into a time where those who are serious about their traditions can be pretty insistent, or possibly pretty obnoxious. Both trick-and-treaters and those passing out gifts to those who haunt their doors are called out with criticisms.

The candy is too small or too old or there's not enough. Some kids don't even bother to dress up. They're teenagers who have outgrown the tradition, and shouldn't just go door-to-door scamming for free stuff.

Can we resolve to remember that times change, and Halloween isn't like it was five years ago, let alone 20 or 40. We're more suspicious of one another, and in many cases, have every right to be. Also, frankly, a number of adults might embrace grabbing fistfuls of chocolate on an evening out themselves.

But if somebody comes to the door and is not in costume, at least wait until they're gone to pass judgment. If someone you consider too old to be trick-or-treating arrives at your day, give up the piece of candy and keep your contempt internal, even after they leave.

There's something to be said for inclusiveness during Halloween, so when you're waiting for the goblins and ghosts and aliens and “Frozen” characters to come to your door, keep an eye out for the ones carrying blue buckets. A social media movement has those on the autism scale using blue buckets and pails for gathering their goodies. Some autistic children communicate in their own ways, and a tendency in society is to expect or extract the desired communication from them. Particularly if you see a blue pail, look to the adult for cues on how to best handle it. They're not being difficult, and they won't think you're trying to be difficult.

Simply cooperate. Have fun.

That even goes for those who love their pumpkin spices. However much the omnipresent spice might annoy a person, it's gone before long, and no one ever forces anyone to like it.

Enjoy your Halloween evening and be safe. Remember to watch out for cars, walk where you're supposed to, supervise those who need to be supervised, and slow down and keep an eye out for others when you're driving, particularly after dark.

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