Have you ever come across a home displaying a teal pumpkin during Halloween? Did you wonder why the owner chose to paint their pumpkin a color more closely associate with Easter to guard their stoop?
It’s not a fancy color trend, rather it’s a visual indicator that they are participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project (TPP)! TPP asks that participants provide non-food treats for those costumed cuties that will darken your doorstep on All Hallows Eve. Food allergies, celiac and diabetes are just a few issues that children deal with that makes it impossible to trick or treat for candy. The Teal Pumpkin Project aims to make what is normally a candy-focused event, more inclusive for all.
The TPP was started as a local awareness project by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET) and then picked up by the national organization, Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) to expand the program’s reach.
If you would like to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project, it’s super easy!
- Create a teal pumpkin to display on your porch or walkway. No time to paint the pumpkin? That’s find, FARE has great posters that you can download and print to hang up.
- Buy non-food treats! These can be spooky pencils/pencil toppers; Dracula teeth, stickers/tattoos; glow sticks/bracelets; or glow-in-the-dark bouncy balls to name a few. Make sure to keep these treats in a separate bowl or bucket. When children approach your home you simply ask if they would like candy or a toy.
- Enter yourself in the TPP Participation Map! This will allow families to plan the best route to visit the teal pumpkin homes.
Children that live with food restrictions will be super excited to find your home! For so many that suffer with food allergies, celiac or diabetes, their everyday lives are already restrictive and they often feel like an oddball or a freak. The Teal Pumpkin Projects aims to help these children (and their families) to enjoy the fun and excitement of Halloween without the fear or danger that food treats pose.