Trick or Treat!
Fall is coming fast and before we know it, we’ll be getting ready for trick or treaters at the door on Halloween night. If you want to feel great about handing out all those goodies, The Teal Pumpkin Project may make you want to participate in Halloween a little differently this year.
What is the Teal Pumpkin Project?
The Teal Pumpkin Project is a movement begun by Food Allergy Research and Education to make Halloween safer and enjoyable for all kiddos. When families see a house with a teal pumpkin out front, they know that there are non-food options available for children with food allergies or other conditions.
When I came across this project, I was truly touched. This is such a wonderful campaign that allows all children to enjoy Halloween, whether they have food allergies or intolerances, or other conditions that limit their diets as well.
For more information, visit the Food Allergy Research and Education website.
How do I participate?
The first thing you need to do is put a teal pumpkin in front of your house. You can paint your own, or you can buy one. Many stores are now selling fake pumpkins that are already teal to make it easier for you.
Last but not least, on Halloween make sure your teal pumpkin is out by your front door, your light is on, and you’re ready to go with non-food items for those adorable little trick-or-treaters.
IDEAS FOR NON-FOOD ITEMS
It’s so wonderful to have this option for kids that have food allergies or other conditions, but it can be difficult to figure out what to hand out in place of candy.
Here are some teal pumpkin project ideas for non-food items to give out on Halloween:
- Board Books
- Stress balls
- Pop Fidget Toys
- Bouncy balls
- Glow in Dark Play Glasses
- Pens or markers
- Play Doh
- Slap Bracelets
SUMMING IT UP
To sum it all up, the Teal Pumpkin project is a signal for families to know that a house is safe for their child with food allergies or other conditions. It gives joy to children with these conditions and provides inclusion for all.
Not only that, it allows parents to breathe easy on a night that is anxiety-producing for many reasons.
Now it’s your turn. Will you be participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project?