Why People Are Putting Purple Pumpkins Out For Halloween This Year

It’s just a few weeks before Halloween and most of us are still trying to figure out how we’re going to celebrate this year. One thing that’s up in the air for a lot of folks is trick-or-treating. While the CDC lists it as a “high-risk” Halloween activity, they haven’t canceled it. And now some folks are trying to find a way to make the holiday a little safer and they’re using purple pumpkins to do it.

We’ve seen teal colored pumpkins used before to indicate a house has non-food goodies for trick-or-treaters who have food allergies, but what are the purple pumpkins all about? A group of parents came up with the idea to use them to mark “safe houses” - as in the residents there have all been following the health guidelines when it comes to COVID-19 and no one who lives there has tested positive.

Putting a purple pumpkin on your porch, in your yard or in your window shows you’re a safe location for trick-or-treating. The idea is that Halloween can still go on as long as everyone is practicing safe social distancing and being considerate of those around them. It may not be the perfect solution, but it could help ease the fears of protective parents so their kids can still enjoy the holiday tradition.


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