The Teal Pumpkin Project

Halloween is approaching, and there is somthing I’d like you to think about.  It is becoming more and more common for kids to have food allergies.  Most common is the peanut allergy.  Peanuts are in many of the candy bars that are given away to trick-or-treaters on Halloween.  And if peanuts are not in the candy, the candy may have been exposed to nuts.  So what’s the big deal?  Many kids with allergies can’t trick-or-treat, or they can’t eat the candy they have collected.  That is where the Teal Pumpkin Project comes in.

What is the Teal Pumpkin Project?

The Teal Pumpkin Project is an initiative that is designed to educate and spread awareness about food allergies.  It also encourages people to have non-food items available for trick-or-treaters.  By simply putting a teal pumpkin on your stoop, or displaying a picture of one, indicates that your house as non-food treats.  You can go here to learn more.  Addresses can also be registered so that families with food allergies can search for houses near them that are safe to trick-or-treat at.  The main goal of the Teal Pumpkin Project is to help kids with food allergies have a safe and happy Halloween.

Non-food Treat Ideas

Candy is everyone’s go-to for Halloween treats, but here are some ideas for non-food treats:

-glow necklaces & bracelets                          -Halloween stickers & temporary tattoos

-vampire teeth & witch fingers                     -slime

-toy lizards, worms, bugs, etc.                      -Halloween pencils & erasers

-bookmarks                                                      -bouncy balls

-slinkies                                                             -bubbles

 

At my house, we have two bowls, one filled with candy, and another that is a Teal Pumpkin bowl.  We just don’t know how many kids are affected by food allergies, so we try to have something for everyone.  It’s a simple gesture that could make the difference in a child’s Halloween experience. Please think about becoming a Teal Pumpkin Home.