Halloween is one of my favorite holidays; I love dressing up and trick or treating, and eating tons of candy! This year we’re participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project again to help make Halloween fun and safe for all kids, even those with food allergies. We put a teal pumpkin on our front porch to indicate that we have candy AND non-food treats for trick-or-treaters. This way kids with food allergies can safely trick or treat with their friends, and they don’t have to give up their “treats” at the end of the night because of possible allergic reactions!
The Teal Pumpkin Project 2016
The Teal Pumpkin Project was created by FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) to help spread awareness of food allergies and to keep Halloween inclusive and safe for all children, even those with food allergies. The idea is not to change the Halloween tradition of handing out candy to trick or treaters, but just to add another tradition of having non-food treats available for children with food allergies!
When I was a kid I went trick or treating with all of my friends, but at the end of the night my friends with peanut allergies had to give up most of their candy because it might have come in contact with nuts. Even candy bars that are normally “safe” (i.e. don’t contain nuts etc.) can be dangerous; the miniature sizes that are usually given out on Halloween are manufactured on the same equipment as other candies that do contain nuts.
It seems like such a shame for kids with food allergies to have to miss out on part of the Halloween fun, so I think the Teal Pumpkin Project is a great idea! Everyone gets to trick or treat AND keep their treats at the end of the night!
This year I teamed up with Oriental Trading Company to get ready for Halloween. They have TONS of non-food items that are perfect for the Teal Pumpkin Project; they are allergy-safe and kids will love them! I found bubbles, glow-in-the-dark bouncy balls, glow stick bracelets, stickers, and tons of other toys that I think trick or treaters will love. Plus they have a really simple teal pumpkin decorating kit that includes a cute little foam pumpkin face and stickers that say “This house is allergy safe”; just grab a cheap foam pumpkin, paint it teal, add the stickers, and your teal pumpkin is ready for Halloween!
If you want to add a sign letting your neighbors know that you are offering candy and non-food treats this year, you can download some cute Teal Pumpkin Project signs from FARE’s website.
Are you planning to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project this year? I’d love to see photos of your teal pumpkins; share them on the Practically Functional Facebook page!
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Disclosure: Oriental Trading Company sent me a bunch of awesome non-food treats to hand out to trick or treaters this year in exchange for my participation in this campaign, and my honest discussion of their products. But these toys are so much fun and all opinions in this post are 100% my own. I would never write a post about something I didn’t think was useful or interesting for you guys, and Practically Functional will only publish sponsored posts for companies or products I love and believe in! 🙂