Have you ever been out trick-or-treating and seen teal pumpkins decorating the door steps of fellow neighbors? You may have thought it was just a coincidence. However, it is a new-ish movement called the “Teal Pumpkin Project.” This movement was started to raise awareness of food allergies and helps promote the inclusion of all children on Halloween. What a fun way to make sure your kiddos with potentially harmful allergies will be safe trick-or-treating!
Want to be a part of the Teal Pumpkin Project? Here are the top five most asked questions and answers to help you get involved.
All you have to do to participate is pick up some inexpensive toys (or any non-food treats) and then place a teal pumpkin in your front yard. If you do not have time to buy a teal pumpkin or paint a pumpkin teal, you can download a free flyer and place it on your door to signify that you have allergy friendly treats!
2. Do you have suggestions for what to pass out?
Some common items that are handed out are: glow sticks, bracelets, necklaces, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, bubbles, halloween erasers or pencil toppers, mini slinkies, whistles, noise makers, bouncy balls, coins, spider rings, vampire pads, vampire teeth, mini coloring books, playing cards, mini travel games, bookmarks, stickers, or stencils. There are lots of options and even more that are not noted!
Yes. And the important thing to remember when taking part in the Teal Pumpkin Project is to do it safely! In order to keep it safe for kiddos with severe allergies is to be sure to separate your food items and your non-food items by placing the items in different bowls. A fun way to keep the teal pumpkin project going is to place your non-food items in a teal bowl, that way your trick-or-treaters know that what they are grabbing is safe for them.
Most of the time the parents of trick-or-treaters will ask homeowners if they have any non-food items. Additionally, as you hand out goodies, you can ask each trick-or-treater if they have a food allergy or prefer a toy instead of candy. You never know, some kiddos may rather have a small toy than more candy. Kids can surprise us sometimes!
5. What kids/families benefit from non-food treats?
There are many different situations where kids may not be able to eat candy. You will be helping kids with food allergies, food intolerances, Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE), Celiac disease, Food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES), children with feeding tubes, and any child on a special diet. What a change we can make for some on such a fun night! Plus, we kind of love the teal color….