The Teal Pumpkin Project™ is turning TWO this Halloween — but unlike most toddlers we know, it’s not likely to throw a cranky fit in Target.
Here at Scratch or Sniff, we were SO excited to share the project when it launched last October, and our amazing readers commented to tell us they planned to put Teal Pumpkins on their porches. We are all about the non-food treat ideas — like glow-sticks, pencils, and Play-Doh — so we’ve had a great time putting together ideas for trick-or-treaters.
So if you’re new to the Teal Pumpkin Project™ or you’re still not sure what the heck we’re talking about, here’s a quick primer from your pals at Scratch or Sniff:
- Pick up some non-food treats. We’ve shared lots of examples, but think in terms of inexpensive, fun, and non-edible.
- Paint a pumpkin (real or artificial) with a bit of teal paint. It’s a signal that you have non-food treats available for trick-or-treaters with food allergies. You can also download these free porch signs from FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education).
- Have a great time on Halloween. Seriously, that’s it. Nothing else. If trick-or-treaters or their parents inquire about the pumpkin or the sign, you can cheerfully explain that you have non-food items available so they’re safe for kids with food allergies. Some households also pass out candy or snacks as well, and others stick with non-food items only. Totally your preference.
We’ve been pleased that there’s been less negativity surrounding the Teal Pumpkin Project™ than we saw last year, when online commenters were accusing allergy parents of being “lazy, lazy, lazy” and trying to make “your kids’ allergy/weird behavior issue/whatever everyone else’s problem.” (The comments became more vicious from there, if you can believe it.)
We’re so jazzed about the publicity the Teal Pumpkin Project™ has been getting in its second year, and we can’t wait to see how the momentum builds over the next couple of Halloweens.
Let’s hope that in the near future, there’s a teal pumpkin on just about every porch — and a lot of happy trick-or-treaters who don’t have to miss out on the fun.