With Halloween approaching, I thought I’d share this amazing project with my followers to hopefully shine a light on food allergies to help better protect those young ones with food allergies who are going to head out ‘trick or treating’ this October 31st…The Teal Pumpkin Project! I’m hoping it may help to educate those lovely folks who selflessly hand out treats to our kiddies on Halloween…
What is the Teal Pumpkin Project?
Have you ever seen a teal coloured pumpkin outside someone’s front door on Halloween? If so you’ve perhaps wondered why? It’s all to do with Food Allergy awareness! Generally, it’s better known in America but things are changing and awareness is slowly creeping across the pond! The Teal Pumpkin Project is a project that…
…promotes safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies. This worldwide movement offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy (or sweets) is not an option. It keeps Halloween a fun, positive experience for all!
What Does the Teal Pumpkin project do?
Essentially by having a teal pumpkin outside your house you are highlighting to other parents that you have ‘allergy-safe non-food treats’ so those with allergies will feel safe and happy to knock to collect a treat!.
How do I get involved and be inclusive this Halloween?
To get involved all you have to do is:
- Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters. (See my list of Allergy-Friendly Trick or Treat Options for Halloween ideas here ….)
- Place a teal pumpkin (the colour of food allergy awareness) in front of your home to highlight you have non-food treats available.
- Tell everyone about it, use the #tealpumpkinproject hashtag and spread the word!!!
Teal pumpkin?!? How??
You may be lucky enough to find a teal pumpkin in one of the local homeware shops, like Dunelm, Next Home or Tesco etc but if you are feeling crafty and want to give your kids another fun Halloween activity, you can buy the faux pumpkins online here from Hobby craft ready to paint … or just buy some paint sample pots in teal from your local craft shop and paint the real ones?
I hope you have fun making your pumpkins teal! Don’t forget to use the tags (and even better tag me in too so I can see your handy work :)!)
If you need any more information, pop over to the Teal Pumpkin projects website here!
Will you be adding some allergy-safe, non-food treats to your Halloween haul this year?
Will you be painting your pumpkins teal?
Please share this with your friends and family!! 🙂
Main Photo Credit : U-Create Crafts