Why are there Teal Pumpkins in my Neighborhood?
While I was running through my neighborhood last week, I noticed that quite a few homes had unnaturally colored pumpkins on their stoops. They're a growing trend across the Treasure Valley, for a very important reason!
Rather than the traditional range of orange colors we're used to seeing this time of year, these pumpkins are a very pretty shade of teal. They're not just a flash in the pan trend for 2018. 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, there's a ton of cool pre-made teal pumpkin decorations at your disposal on Amazon. With many of them being Prime eligible, you'll have no problems getting them before Halloween night if you order now! Here's a few of my favorites!