You might be wondering what all this teal pumpkin business is about. For the last couple years, teal pumpkins have been appearing on people's doorsteps around Halloween time... and for an awesome cause:
It signifies that non-food treats will be available at that house on Halloween.
This means that even kids with severe food allergies can participate and have fun without having to be afraid. FINALLY!
The Teal Pumpkin Project was started by F.A.R.E. (Food Allergy Research & Education) and it's really taken off. A big round of applause for F.A.R.E.!! This is such a positive movement... and let's get real - ALL of the kids deserve to have fun.
Here are some ways you can participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project:
- Snag this craft kit so you can paint your pumpkin
- Buy this fake teal pumpkin if you don't want to paint one
- Add your home to the list of locations offering non-food treats
- Buy a Teal Pumpkin Project Essentials Kit (complete with toys & more!)
- Download these free jack-o-lantern stencils
- Download this sign to put on your door
- Spread the word with this flyer that has tear-off tabs
- Jazz up your treat bags with these free printables
- Put this sign out in your yard to make it easier to find you
- Here's an even fancier yard sign
I don't know about you, but I love Halloween, so having an excuse to shop for Halloween toys makes it that much more fun! :-D
TIP: When you're shopping, try to avoid items with common allergens such as latex and nickel.
Some ideas for non-food treats:
- glow sticks, bracelets, etc.
- temporary tattoos
- spider rings
- vampire fangs
- fun erasers
- bouncy balls
- Halloween rubber ducks