Have you heard about the Teal Pumpkin Project?
Halloween 2016 is the 3rd year that FARE has been promoting the Teal Pumpkin Project. The concept is pretty simple. If you have allergy friendly goodies for trick-or-treaters just put a Teal Pumpkin on your front porch to alert trick or treaters (or parents of trick or treaters) that you have NON-FOOD trick or treat options.
Why Teal? Teal is the allergy awareness ribbon color, and has come to be a symbol in our community to show support for those with food allergies (much like Pink for breast cancer awareness.)
Not only do I have celiac disease, but the past year my toddler has developed a sensitivity to dairy. This Halloween I am literally going to have to take candy from a baby! (and if you have a kid, you know that is actually a very daunting task.)
My now teen-aged sister has a peanut allergy. I remember when she was a little kid always having to sort through her candy after trick-or-treating to make sure that she didn’t accidentally ingest what would have been a lethal candy bar.
So for my sister, my daughter, and thousands of children with allergies and their parents, please join the Teal Pumpkin Project! Put a teal pumpkin in from of your home and have some non-food and allergy friendly items available for trick-or-treaters.
Don’t forget to add your home to the Teal Pumpkin Fever Map so that those families with allergies can find your home too!
First you need a Teal Pumpkin…
My sister recently started working with a local etsy store, Buildeez, who created some custom Pumpkin Cutouts for me to hang on my door and put by the side walk.
[Disclaimer: I was given the cutouts so that I could share them with you, but as always all opinions are my own. ]
Because they are flat wood cut-outs they will take up much less storage space than a plastic teal pumpkin. I was super impressed with the quality of the cut-outs! We got a monogrammed pumpkin for our door (I painted it with cream paint, then used a crackle I had leftover from painting some photography backdrops, and then painted it with teal paint.) and a pumpkin with an allergy awareness ribbon inside that I am going to put out by our sidewalk so that it is easier for allergy trick-or-treaters to locate us from afar.
You can order your own custom Teal Pumpkin cut-outs from Buildeez to create a teal pumpkin you can use year after year.
We also painted a pumpkin teal with the leftover teal paint we had.
Now that you have marked your home allergy-friendly you just need some…
It really isn’t any harder than buying candy for trick-or-treaters. There are lots of good options! We raided the party-favor section of our local Party City, and also picked up some things from our Target Dollar Spot.
I picked a variety of glow sticks, plastic bat and spider rings, paddle balls, pencils, stamps, erasers, and temporary tattoos.
I didn’t have time to wait for Prime Shipping, but if you do I think Amazon is the way to go! There are lots of collections of non-food treats for great prices.
Don’t forget some Allergy-Friendly treats!
The focus of the Teal Pumpkin Project is to have non-food treats for trick-or-treaters BUT I still like to have some allergy friendly treats on hand. Some kids have allergies and sensitivities to many ingredients. We have some friends whose kids could only eat 5 ingredients for awhile because of a severe reaction to fructans. Because there are kids who have a large spectrum of allergies it is important to have non-food treats.
That being said, I know for me candy and treats was a highlight of Halloween. If you have access to some top-8-free goodies that you can hand out in addition to non-food-treats you will be a hero!
[Disclaimer: Enjoy Life Foods sent me some of my favorite goodies to give to trick or treaters, and share with you and are sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own. I am a big fan of Enjoy Life Foods and have been long before I started working with them!]
I am a big fan of Enjoy Life Foods! Their brand NEW Mini Cookies and NEW Baking Chocolate Snack Packs are perfect for handing out to trick or treaters or at a Halloween party. Just like all of Enjoy Life Food’s products they are free of the top 8 allergens (milk, wheat, soy, nuts, peanuts, etc) AND sesame and sulfites.
I am also planning to give out some of Enjoy Life Foods Boom Choco Boom Bars. The Ricemilk Crunch bar reminds me of one of my favorite candy bars from when I went trick-or-treating as a kid.
I also have some Grab & Go bags of Plentils that are perfect for trick-or-treating too. I am not sure I’ll have any left by the time that the 31st comes around! My family devours them.
One of my friends, Megan from Allergy Awesomeness, recently wrote a list of Top 8 Free Candy that her kids can eat. Her son has over 30 food allergies! I figure if these are candies that her kids can eat, maybe some other kids can enjoy them too.
My kids also love YumEarth lollipops and gummies. They have some great allergy friendly options.