Please welcome our guest blogger, Megan P. as she gives us the scoop on the Teal Pumpkin Project for this year’s Halloween season.
The Scoop on the Teal Pumpkin Project
Fall, football, campfires, apple cider, hayrides, Halloween and teal pumpkins are a few of my favorite things! Are you sitting there scratching your head? “Um, did she just say teal pumpkins? Last time I checked, pumpkins were orange lady.” You did read that correctly!
A teal pumpkin has a significant meaning to children with food allergies and their parents. It means that you offer non food goodies! Why teal? Teal is the Food Allergy Awareness color and recognized by food allergy families around the world. The Teal Pumpkin Project is trademarked by FARE (Food Allergy and Research Education) Organization. FARE is a trusted organization for many food allergy families. The Teal Pumpkin Project was started to make Trick or Treat a more inclusive activity. 1 in 13 children are living with food allergies. That is 6 million children in the US alone!
Want to know how you can get your Teal Pumpkin on this Halloween?! Awesome, here is how to get started!
First, you will need that teal pumpkin or sign for your front porch! There are several retailers that participate in The Teal Pumpkin Project. You can purchase a teal pumpkin at local Target stores, CVS Pharmacies or Michales stores. They are usually found by all the other Halloween goodies. I have also found teal pumpkins at Oriental Trading Company, Amazon and Bed Bath and Beyond online.
More of the DIY type? Paint any pumpkin you pick from the patch teal! All you need is teal acrylic paint, brushes and clear acrylic sealer spray. Paint your pumpkin and let it dry completely. Spray with the clear acrylic spray to protect it from the elements. Then set it on your front porch.
If a sign is more your speed, I have you covered! Visit https://www.foodallergy.org/education-awareness/teal-pumpkin-project/free-resources for your FREE printable sign!
If you really want to put yourself on the Teal Pumpkin Project map this year, you literally can! Visit https://www.foodallergy.org/education-awareness/teal-pumpkin-project/map and literally put your house on the map! Food allergy families can visit the map and find homes in their area that are participating in The Teal Pumpkin Project!
You have your teal pumpkin or sign. Now what? One of my favorite places to pick up my non food goodies is The Dollar Store! They have many choices to fill your goodie bowl! Some non food treats you can find there are glow sticks, stickers, temporary tattoos, pencils, erasers, bubbles, spider rings and vampire teeth. Another great place is Oriental Trading Company or the $1 section at Target.
One last food allergy friendly tip, keep your non food trinkets separate from any candy you may be handing out. This helps avoid any cross contamination with any food allergens.
Most of all, be prepared for those super excited little ones that are happy to participate in Trick or Treat safely! Not to mention, their ever grateful and possibly tearful parents!
For more information on The Teal Pumpkin Project please visit:
Other Teal Pumpkin Friendly Links:
Non food goodies:
Teal Pumpkin Friendly Events:
Wauwatosa Trunk or Treat: October 20, 10 am – 12:30 pm
Wauwatosa Recreation Department parking lot
12011 W. North Ave, Wauwatosa, WI 53226
*The Pewaukee High School Food Allergy and Awareness Club is a great source of information for learning about food allergies and promotes the Teal Pumpkin Project as well. Contact the school for more information.