The Teal Pumpkin Project: provide an alternative to candy treats.
My family will display a teal-colored pumpkin in support of the Teal Pumpkin Project for the first time this year. Until this year, I had no idea what the teal pumpkin meant!
Our Halloween planning is nearly done. Decorations adorn our house, our pumpkins await painting or carving, and our costumes are (mostly) ready.
Next on the list…candy. Wait…what if you didn’t give out candy this year? Or what if you give out a mixture of treats and toys?
There are many reasons why giving out toys is better for kids than candy. The added sugar in their candy is terrible for their teeth and their health and weight. Parents spend precious time checking the candy to make sure that everything is safe.
What about those kids who have food and dye allergies? Trick or Treating suddenly goes from being a fun and indulgent activity to a dangerous one.
I never considered how hard it must be for people with food allergies to go trick-or-treating until now, and I love that the Teal Pumpkin Project provides a simple and fun solution!
The Teal Pumpkin Project movement is intended to better include people with food allergies in the Halloween festivities. The idea is simple. Display a teal pumpkin (real or fake) and/or a teal pumpkin flyer and hand out non-food treats. Ideas for these non-food treats include pencils, erasers, stickers, spider rings, fake spiders, and stamps.
We’ll have candy and non-candy treats this year for the first time and I hope it helps at least one trick-or-treater have a better Halloween. We all know people with food allergies. Let’s help them have a truly Happy Halloween!
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