I’m joining the teal pumpkin project! I made the official pledge, painted my pumpkin, and have my non-candy treats ready.
Wondering what the heck teal pumpkins are all about? The Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) organization started the initiative last year to make Halloween safer and more inclusive for kids with food allergies. If you put a teal pumpkin on your porch it means you have non-candy treats for trick-or-treaters.
Why did I decide to join?
- Having non-food treats feels like a pretty simple way to include and welcome our friends with food allergies.
- My own lifestyle is mostly grain, dairy, and sugar free and I’d like to support others making similar choices regardless of the reason behind it, allergy or otherwise.
*Amber is also participating; she added that another benefit is it removes the temptation of dipping into the Halloween stash in the days leading up to the big night!
Need ideas for non-candy treats?
Here’s what I got from the local dollar store:
- Halloween hair elastics X4
- Laser finger beans X 4
- Party glasses X 4
- Halloween erasers X 9
- Halloween sticker books X 10
- Glow in the dark spider rings X 4
- Glow in the dark bracelets X 6
- Halloween pencils X 10
- Skydivers X 3
- Race cars X 4
I quickly realized that you get the most bang for your buck if you get things that have multiples per package. I spent $13.56 and got 58 individual items. I will package 2-3 items together so expect to end up with about 20-25 handouts for trick-or-treaters.
FARE has a map for finding teal pumpkins. There are only a couple of markers in Burlington but I know from conversations in the park and in various Facebook groups there are more folks participating. So keep an eye out for those teal pumpkins!