By now, you've probably seen or at heard about "teal pumpkins". So, what are they all about? Why are they seemingly everywhere these days? Sure, teal is a bold, beautiful color, but it's actually much more than that. It all started three years ago, with the "Teal Pumpkin Project".
A loving mother from Tennessee began this project to raise awareness about food allergies. While trick-or-treating is indeed a fun and exciting time for children, those who experience peanut, soy, dairy, and other allergies simply cannot accept traditional Halloween treats given out at most households.
In order to make Halloween a little easier for families managing food allergies, homes participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project place a teal pumpkin on their porch for trick-or-treaters to see. The pumpkin is a signal that the household offers non-food treats for children who cannot have candy. It is recommended to put the pumpkin out a few days before Halloween, to help families with allergies to plan their route ahead of time.
So, what can you offer to children with allergies instead of Halloween candy? This is where you can get creative! Most childrens' party favors make excellent treats, including spider rings, plastic fangs, stickers, slinkies, mini playing cards, finger puppets, bubbles, stencils, and anything else you think will make a trick-or-treater's day. Just make sure to exercise caution and avoid items that may contain latex or present a choking hazard for younger children.
If you are interested in learning more about or participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project, additional information can be found on the official site for Food Allergy Research & Education.