The Teal Pumpkin Project was launched in 2014 by Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) in order to promote education surrounding food allergies and how to be inclusive of those children on Halloween. I heard about it for the first time this year and wanted to participate. It cost me less than $10 and allows the children who come to my home for Trick-or-Treating to have a choice between candy or non-food items.
Materials Needed For Your Teal Pumpkin:
- Pumpkin (I was given this mini pumpkin for free, but it would have been $0.50 at the pumpkin patch.)
- Teal Paint ($2 at Michael’s)
- Paint Sponge (I had this brush already, but a set of brushes costs only a few dollars)
- Parchment Paper or other non-stick surface
- Clean the pumpkin and dry surface thoroughly.
- Paint one coat on the pumpkin. Let dry.
- Paint additional coats until surface is covered.
- Place dried pumpkin on your porch or other visible location.
Once you have your pumpkin on display, you’ll also need to do a few other things.
- Provide non-food items for Halloween to be handed out from a separate bowl.
- I purchased a bag of glow-stick type items – 13 pieces for $5. You can find small non-food items at your local dollar store as well.
- Put the non-food items in a separate bowl from the candy.
- Print and display one of these posters from FARE indicating you are a home participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project.
- When children come to your door, ask if anyone would prefer a non-food item.