Have you heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project?
The idea is that you paint a pumpkin teal (the food allergy awareness color) and display it outside your house on Halloween. You can also print up a sign to display with the pumpkin. The teal pumpkin tells people with food allergies that you have non-food treats to give away in addition to candy. This is great for kids who have a hard time finding candy they can safely eat, and for anyone else who wants to limit their candy supply.
When we heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project, we thought it was a great idea and decided that we would participate!
|The boys painting our teal pumpkin|
|I had to take over to get it finished|
|A selection of non-food goodies|
|What’s this, you ask? It’s the logo for Allergy Superheroes!
What’s that? Well, stay tuned! I’ll have more
We even found a teal pumpkin when we attended Boo At The Zoo at the Denver Zoo! Unfortunately, it was sitting on the ground by an empty table (the fact that the grounds were closing in less than an hour might have had something to do with that.) I wish we’d found this pumpkin earlier in the day–I would have loved to see whether they were really part of the Teal Pumpkin Project, and what they had to offer!
You can click here for the story of how the Teal Pumpkin Project got started.
The following is an excerpt from the above link:
- Paint a pumpkin teal and place it on your porch. This lets other families know that you have non-food treats available at your home.
- View a list of recommended non-food prizes and treats from Kids With Food Allergies (this list can be used for Halloween, school and other celebrations).
- Print out the poster and place it on your front door.
- Keep your bowl of non-food treats separate from any candy, to ensure that the non-food items stay safe.
Just a few more days! Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!