Why are there Teal Pumpkins in all of Boise’s Craft Stores?
A few weeks ago, I bounced back and forth from JoAnn Fabric's and Michael's looking for poster frames. When I walked into each of those stores, I was so excited to see that both of these retailers has a huge selection of artificial teal pumpkins of all shapes and sizes!
The pumpkins aren't a new flash in the pan trend for 2019. They are actually part of an initiative started by the Food Allergy Research & Education non-profit. Your child may be lucky enough not to have any allergies to the ingredients in some of the most popular Halloween candies, but chances they have a classmate that may be allergic to milk, chocolate, peanut and other allergens hidden on the wrapper. For those kiddos, trick or treating can be a real bummer where they feel like they've been left out because they can't accept those treats.
That's where the "Teal Pumpkin Project" comes in! FARE encourages homeowners to select a more inclusive non-food trick or treat item to pass out. Homeowners choosing to do that can mark their home as a safe place for kids with food allergies by placing a teal colored pumpkin or jack-o-lantern on their doorstep.
Want to participate, but not sure what a non-food trick or treat items kids would love? FARE suggests these to make your house a hit!
- Halloween Erasers or Pencil Toppers
- Glow sticks, bracelets or necklaces
- Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
- Whistles, Kazoos or Noisemakers
- Bouncy Balls
- Mini Notepads
- Playing Cards
- Coins (my neighbor that handed out quarters ever year was my favorite house in the neighborhood!)
- Silly Straws
- Finger Puppets
- Vampire Fangs
- Spider Rings
Teal Pumpkin Inspiration
If you'd love to participate but don't have a ton of spare time to paint and create your teal pumpkin masterpiece, here's some fun teal pumpkin products I found on Amazon, Michael's and JoAnn's website. The two craft stores have a much bigger selection in stores!