Thursday, October 27, 2016

Teal Pumpkin Project October 2016

"Trick or treat, smell my feet.
Give me something good to eat!"

Enthusiastic about receiving tasty Halloween candy, crooning children harmonize that silly rhyme with the ringing of a doorbell. 

But wait...

Not all children have reason for intense excitement on Halloween. Life-threatening food allergies impact children across the globe, isolating them from the usual festivities. For them, Halloween is death disguised in orange and black pumpkin buckets. 

Thankfully, there is a way to spare children with food allergies from exclusion. It comes in the form of the Teal Pumpkin Project. Participating in the project is easy. It requires only a few simple steps: 

  • Teal is the color for food allergy awareness. Place a teal pumpkin in front of your house to indicate participation.
  • Next, instead of the common candies, offer non-food treats too! This ensures that children with food allergies still have treats to take home on Halloween.

    Ideas for non-food treats are the following:

    Mini Coloring Books with Crayons
    Glow Sticks
    Small, Halloween Themed Toys (Bouncy Balls, Slinkies, Paddleball, etc)
    Halloween Themed Rings, Bracelets, Fangs

    The sky is the limit! Remember to keep food and non-food treats separate to avoid cross contamination.
  • Lastly, provide a sign or poster displaying the meaning of the teal pumpkin for awareness. However, this is optional. 

I am unable to be exposed to paint due to my Mast Cell Disease, but was determined to join in on the project regardless. Rather than painting a pumpkin teal, mom and I enjoyed creating a giant sign using a board and teal tissue paper. 

Sign Process
Sign Process
Below is the end result of the Teal Pumpkin Project sign. It is not necessarily the most creative looking sign around. We tried though. 

Along with the sign, Elecare formula cans were washed and repurposed to create cute containers to hold candy and/or the non-food treats. 

The non-food treats to go inside of the containers are pictured below.  They were all purchased in bulk on Amazon to avoid spending a fortune. 

Non-Food Treats: Erasers, Rings, Coloring Supplies, Paddleball, Vampire Teeth, Glow Sticks
Even with Halloween right around the corner, it is not too late to join in on the Teal Pumpkin Project. I hope this post inspires ideas on how to make Halloween fun and safe for everyone, regardless of food allergies.

What non-food treats will you offer this Halloween?