Sunday, October 11, 2015

Teal Pumpkin Project

Have you heard about the The Teal Pumpkin Project™?  Children with food allergies often have trouble participating in celebrations that center around food, and the The Teal Pumpkin Project™ helps raise awareness of food allergies plus promotes inclusiveness for all types of trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

The TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT and the Teal Pumpkin Image are trademarks of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)

So what do teal pumpkins have to do with Halloween?  By displaying a teal pumpkin on Halloween you are telling families with food allergies that you have non-food treats which will allow their children to enjoy some treats they can collect trick-or-treating.  This initiative doesn't just benefit children with nut, dairy or other allergies, but children who cannot eat candy for other health reason, too.

Today I am going to paint a craft pumpkin teal that I can use year after year to indicate that we will have some non-edible treats available so every kid can Trick-or-Treat at our house safely.  We purchased some mini bubbles to hand out alongside candy.  I know that Lucky would be just as excited to get some bubbles as he would a piece of chocolate! Unlike the candy we purchased, any leftover bubbles can still be used next year.

Craft pumpkin with Ocean Breeze acrylic paint

When painting your pumpkin, take care to have a firm grip on it lest you let go and have a wet pumpkin roll all over your carpet.  Not that I'm speaking from experience or anything.  #nopicturesoitneverhappened

To participate, you don't have to have a physical teal pumpkin that you put on your walkway.  You can draw a pumpkin to display in your window or print out a flyer from the website.  Will you take the pledge with me to provide some non-food treats on Halloween?