The Teal Pumpkin Project Makes Halloween Fun For All Kids!
With Halloween right around the corner we wanted to share information with you about the Teal Pumpkin Project. Halloween can be a frightening time for parents of children with food allergies. Imagine as a child going trick or treating and not being able to indulge in many of the edible treats other kids are enjoying. Now you can help children with food allergies enjoy Halloween like everyone else!
Take a pumpkin, paint it teal and let it hang out on your front porch during Trick or Treating hours. This alerts parents that their child can find an awesome treat at your house that won’t make them sick or potentially kill them.
This is also a great family project to work on with your children. It brings about awareness of food allergies and also instills empathy and compassion for others.
The Teal Pumpkin Project has lots of free resources on this website, including downloadable signs to let trick-or-treaters and their parents know that a home is offering non-food treats. FARE’s Gregory suggests participating homes use a sign telling children to pick between “candy or a prize” to get kids excited about the choice. “We just ask that non-food treats be kept in a separate bowl from candies, if you’re going to do both, to safeguard against cross-contact,” she said.