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This Is Why People Put Purple Pumpkins Out In The Fall
Placing a purple pumpkin on your porch helps to raise awareness and foster conversations about epilepsy, a neurological disorder in the brain that triggers seizures.
The custom began in 2012 as part of the Purple Pumpkin Project with the Epilepsy Foundation, and the first person to paint a pumpkin purple was Ron Lamontagne of Connecticut.
Lamontagne shared his purple pumpkin on the project’s Facebook page in order to bring awareness to the challenges his son faced as a child living with epilepsy.
Photos of other purple pumpkins from across the United States, some of which had been decorated by kids and their families, were shared in response.