Blue pumpkins raising awareness for non-verbal children with autism

DENVER, Colorado (WPVI) -- You might see orange pumpkins turn blue this Halloween.

But it's for a good cause.

If a child comes to your door with a blue pumpkin, it may mean the child has autism and is unable to speak.

Omairis Taylor didn't start the initiative, but her Facebook post has been shared more than a hundred thousand times.

Parents hope it prevents uncomfortable encounters, when people don't understand why kids don't talk.

"Nobody wants to have to stop and say to a stranger in the store, oh, he's not responding to you because he's on the autism spectrum," says Nicole Taylor.

Parents say a little awareness could make for happier Halloweens.
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