The Teal Pumpkin Project is something that has become more near and dear to my heart over the past few years. First of all, my sweet nephew has a nut allergy. His Mama has to watch whatever goes in his mouth. I never realized how hard a food allergy was, until, I had to completely cut out dairy from my diet. My son was diagnosed with MSPI (Milk, Soy, Protein Intolerance)while I was nursing. This meant I had to cut out anything with dairy, whey, strong soy products and anything with dairy proteins in them. It was TOUGH! I never realized just how hard it could be to cut out a main food group! So now, I appreciate food allergies SO much more and am excited this year to be participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project.
What is the The Teal Pumpkin Project?
As you can imagine- children with food allergies have a rough time on Halloween! Going from door to door gathering treats that they can’t eat…Sound fun?? No! Food allergies can be very serious and life threatening. One bite of a food containing an allergen can be deadly.
The Teal Pumpkin Project is a way to raise awareness for those munchkins with food allergies (Or who can’t have candy for any other reason). By putting a teal pumpkin on your door step you are saying that you will have non-food options for those trick-or-treaters who have food allergies or who can’t have candy for one reason or another.
Do I have to paint a pumpkin if I want to participate?
You do not have to have a painted pumpkin on your doorstep to participate! By going to the website you can print off signs and pictures to put on your window or door.
What are some non-food treat ideas to hand out?
The Teal Pumpkin Project website gives a GREAT list of fun things you can hand out on Halloween instead of edible treats! You can often find these things in packages at your dollar store or at local party stores.
- Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
- Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
- Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
- Mini Slinkies
- Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
- Bouncy balls
- Finger puppets or novelty toys
- Spider rings
- Vampire fangs
- Mini notepads
- Playing cards
Want to take the pledge?? Go here to take the pledge and to find out more about The Teal Pumpkin Project!
Have fun, be safe and enjoy Halloween!!! For more safety tips this Halloween check out- How to Keep Your Kids Safe This Halloween