White pumpkins are definitely a fashion fad adorning the front steps of many homes, but why are there teal pumpkins on some doorsteps?
Have you ever heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project? I first heard about it 8 years ago when one of my mom friends from our playgroup shared that her son had severe food allergies. I remember this sweet mom explaining how Halloween was a hard night for their young family. Their little boy wanted to trick-or-treat like everyone else, but was too young to understand his allergies and why he couldn’t have treats. I immediately told my friend to bring him to my house and I would be sure to have safe, non-food treats for him. Then she told me about the Teal Pumpkin Project, and this is exactly their vision.
The Teal Pumpkin Project
She explained that if you painted a pumpkin teal or placed a teal pumpkin sign in your window or on your door, families with allergies would know you have safe non-food treats. I wanted to be a part of making every kids Halloween experience great. A quick google search led me to the Food Allergy Research and Education organization.
The Teal Pumpkin Project website has links to:
1. Print a teal pumpkin sign
- Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
- Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
- Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
- Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
- Spider rings
- Mini notepads
3. Add your address on their map.
My address has been on their map for the last eight years. This is a map that parents and kids with allergies use to enhance their trick-or-treating night to make sure they go to allergy safe houses.
I still pass out regular candy, I just have two different pumpkins to pass out from. I just never mix the two, my non-food treat pumpkin has never held candy and my candy pumpkin has never held non-food treats. This simple inclusion of all kids on Halloween started as a good experience for my family, and has now become a tradition. It has allowed me to teach my littles about food allergies and the importance of inclusion of all. An extra bonus is that I get to see even more costumes, which is my favorite part about Halloween all the creative costumes. I do hope you will join me and others this Halloween in the Teal Pumpkin Project!