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Teal Pumpkin Project

Posted on 10/30/2018 at 10:39 AM by Troy Cummings

Happy Halloween!

Pumpkin painted teal and placed on a porch

 

It was always fun to go trick-or-treating every Halloween. With our large treat bags, we would stop at as many houses as possible in the neighborhood. Never once did I blink an eye when grabbing a popcorn ball, caramel apple, or candy bars. Other than the local dentist, who gave out toothbrushes, almost every house gave some sort of candy. At the end of the night I would dump the candy onto the kitchen table and sort through what I wanted to eat first. I never had to stop and think about picking out candy I couldn’t eat.

 

Many children today suffer from food allergies which can take the fun out of Halloween. According to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), there are close to 6 million kids living with life threatening food allergies. To put that number into perspective, that is 1 in every 13 children with a food allergy. Trick-or-treating with a food allergy can be a tricky endeavor.

 

To help with this issue, the Teal Pumpkin Project was started in 2014. By placing a teal pumpkin on your door step or a sign with a teal pumpkin on your door, it informs children and families that you provide non-food treats.  This allows kids with and without food allergies to enjoy Halloween.

 

Below is a list of nonfood items to make every child’s Halloween enjoyable!

  • Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
  • Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
  • Bubbles
  • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
  • Mini Slinkies
  • Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
  • Bouncy balls
  • Finger puppets or novelty toys
  • Coins
  • Spider rings
  • Vampire fangs
  • Mini notepads
  • Playing cards
  • Bookmarks
  • Stickers
  • Stencils

Check out FAREs Teal Pumpkin Project page for more information on you can get involved!

 

 

Written by Kailey Kaestner

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