Teal pumpkins. That killer idea you wish you thought of yourself because of how aesthetically pleasing teal is next to its festive complimentary color, orange. However, teal pumpkins are not just a Pinterest fad. In fact, it is much more than your neighbor tapping into their artistic side. Teal pumpkins represent inclusion, equality and safety for Halloween, as teal is the color of food allergy awareness – otherwise known as the Teal Pumpkin Project.
What does a teal-painted squash have to do with inclusivity, you ask? Teal pumpkins on your front stoop represent a household that offers an allergen-free, non-food treat for trick-or-treaters with food allergies. This movement is an initiative from Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), an organization dedicated to food allergies. It allows parents to let their children trick-or-treat with (a little more) ease, and for kids of all food identities to be included. The Teal Pumpkin Project has gained momentum over the years with the ever-growing rates of food allergies in children. Not only does the Teal Pumpkin movement allow kids with food allergies to have a classic Halloween experience, but it also spreads awareness of food allergies.
Spreading the trick-or-treat wealth and allergy awareness is easy. Just make a little extra space in your shopping cart (and budget) for non-food treats, alongside your classic Halloween candy. This could mean anything from stickers to bouncy balls to vampire fangs, you name it. Now that you’re armed and ready, you must advertise it! Find the perfect pumpkin and dress it in teal. If you don’t have time to paint a pumpkin teal (although we found that thin layers of spray paint was quick and painless), you can print out a sign from FARE’s website here. Hang a sign up that says you offer both candy and prize treats. When the miniature ghouls and goblins come knocking at your door, simply offer both candy and treasure options. The Teal Pumpkin Project is meant to include all kids in the fun, whether that’s stacking Snickers or collecting stickers.
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