TEAL PUMPKINS! If you celebrate Halloween, listen up!
The Teal Pumpkin Project ® is an initiative to help include all children in trick-or-treating without risk to their health. Depending on your exposure to children, you may or may not know the risks our favorite candies can have for children who have nut, gluten or sugar intolerances. According to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), 1 in 13 children have food allergies. The Teal Pumpkin Project ® was created to provide a risk-free experience for children and worry-free evening for parents by providing non-food options for children whose dietary restrictions do not allow for candy consumption.
So how do I participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project ®?
It's easy! Buy a pumpkin and paint it teal. Place your teal pumpkin outside prior to or on Halloween. Have two separate treat bowls, one with candy and one with non-food items for trick-or-treaters to pick from.
What non-foods items should I offer?
Glow Sticks, Bracelets or Necklaces
Whistles, Kazoos, or Noisemakers
Pencils, Crayons or Markers
Halloween Erasers or Pencil Toppers
Finger Puppets or Novelty Toys
Are there any non-food treats that I should avoid?
Actually, yes! Some non-food items still contain food allergens, such as some brands of moldable clay, which may contain wheat. Additionally, try to choose latex-free items, as there are children who have latex allergies.
Does everyone know what the teal pumpkin means?
No, not everyone will know, but that is why the Teal Pumpkin Project ® provides resources to help you share your wonderful intensions. FARE has signs to help you, including one that says "You Pick: Candy or Prize" with a description of what the teal pumpkin means. For those families who do know, they will definitely appreciate your inclusive efforts! More signs include Non-Food Treats Available Here, We Have Candy & Non-Food Treats, and Toys & Treasures Found Here.
If you're interested in more resources, CLICK HERE for signs, flyers, pumpkin stencils, stickers, coloring sheets, connect the dots, word match, and more! They even have signs in Spanish and French - how awesome! Feel free to spread the word - we know many families would appreciate it!
We hope you have a great week. Happy Fall!