Do you have a child with a severe food allergy? Chances are if you don’t, you actually know someone who does. Severe food allergies are extremely scary. We are hoping to help make this Halloween a little less scary for kids with food allergies by participating and promoting The Teal Pumpkin Project.
The Teal Pumpkin Project
Have you heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project yet?
If you are following us on INSTAGRAM you read that we took my preschool class to Lucky Ladd Farms this year. While we were there I noticed in their pumpkin shop that they were selling pre-painted Teal Pumpkins and this sign above accompanied them.
Since working with kids over the past 15 years, I’ve experienced many children with life-threatening food allergies.
And being that Halloween is one of our families favorite holidays, I would hate that any child who wanted to participate would miss out because they couldn’t eat the treats.
But even more seriously, if they ate the treats it could result in extreme illness or even death. Now that’s the type of scary we don’t want to deal with on Halloween or any other night for that matter. So someone out there came out with this awesome idea.
Here’s A Little More About the Teal Pumpkin Project
- It’s so simple.
- Paint a pumpkin teal. (It’s so easy a small child can do it)
- Place it on your porch so that families know you have some non-food items for their child.
- Get a few non-food related items (see image at the bottom for ideas
- Post the pre-made sign
- Make some kids really happy and safe this Halloween
I told you about my experience with kids and why this movement is so very important, but until I started talking about it on Facebook and Twitter I had no idea how much it meant to parents of children with allergies.
I had no idea that one year when we went trick or treating with them that two of the kids in their family actually wouldn’t be able to eat the majority of the candy. Specifically anything with peanuts or made in a factory with peanuts. So they would end up trading with friends.
This year if you celebrate Halloween, please join us in making it safe for our friends and neighbors that have life-threatening food allergies.
What Types of Toys Can We Give Away?
This year Oriental Trading Company has given me over 250 small toys to use at my home or to donate. Since I have a stockpile of small toys for my trick-or-treaters. I will 5 of these awesome Deluxe Halloween Treasure Chests to St. Jude’s Hosptial. Many of the children at St. Judes do not necessarily have allergies but very strict dietary restrictions. I can’t wait to take these fun toys to the kids. Take a look at some of the toys Oriental Trading Company has that work great for the Teal Pumpkin Project
Here are a few more awesome Toys (affiliate links are listed for your convenience)
- Glow in the Dark Slime
- Sticky Assortment
- Treasure Chest with Toy Assortment
- Bouncing Balls
- Mega Halloween Novelty Assortment
We’d love to see your pumpkins! You can do this by using the hashtags #chaoticallycreative and #tealpumpkinproject.
It will be so much fun to share them!
See Other Bloggers Join in the Teal Pumpkin Project
Listen to their stories on how Food Allergies have impacted their Lives.
And Read about Mary Beth’s and her Son’s here on Cupcakes and Crinoline