Halloween 2020 is shaping up to be a lot different than in years past and with COVID-19 cases on the rise here in Michigan, here is a new trend to watch should you choose to still take the kids out to trick-or-treat.

Over the years, people have been using different-colored pumpkins to signify to trick-or-treaters or to those handing out candy various health-related needs.

For example, the "Teal Pumpkin Project" was started as a way to let trick-or-treaters know you are handing out non-food (allergy-safe) treats by simply putting a teal pumpkin on your porch.

Similarly, according to Independent, if a trick-or-treater is carrying a blue bucket for their candy, it's meant to let others know that person has autism, an idea started by Alicia Plumer whose son has autism and though he is 21 years old, still wants to be part of the Halloween tradition.

"By carrying a blue pumpkin, Plumer hopes that it conveys to others that the person with autism wants to trick-or-treat and participate - but may not do so in the expected way," reported Independent.

Now, in 2020 people will be using purple pumpkins as a way to let people know their home is complying with various COVID-19 precautions.

The trend was started in New York but it honestly could be easily implemented and probably appreciated by trick-or-treaters in Michigan! They even say a picture of a purple pumpkin in the window is enough of a sign.

Nassau County legislator, Bill Gaylor, told Long Island News 12 that the purple pumpkin signifies "The resident is wearing a mask, is distributing individually wrapped candies, is maintaining the proper sanitary conditions under COVID."

While we understand people have differing opinions on the whole situation and we are absolutely not saying anyone absolutely HAS to participate in the purple pumpkinery, it is a pretty good idea to make sure everyone has a safe and comfortable Halloween!

Pumpkins are a great way to decorate and tell people what you're all about but what about your other Halloween decorations? Here are a few ideas:

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