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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Teal Pumpkin Project

With it being October and Halloween time and fall, pumpkins are a big part of decorating. Some people just have pumpkins, some paint them, and others carve things into them. Have you seen a teal pumpkin before? Do you know what they stand for?

The Teal Pumpkin Project was started to raise awareness of food allergies and promote inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season. Many people don't think about it, but many kids have nut allergies or other food allergies and some may not even be able to eat. These kids are kids too and want to be included in all the Halloween festivities including trick or treating. So the Teal Pumpkin Project was started.

To be included in the project is simple. For Halloween just have a teal pumpkin out to show that you have non-food items available to those who may need it. You can head on over to here to get free printable resources to use such as yard signs, a sign to hang up or flyers to hand out to raise awareness of the Teal Pumpkin Project.

Maybe you need some ideas on what to get to hand out. Here are some ideas, many of which can be got from the dollar store or online cheap:

  • glow sticks and other glow items
  • pencils, crayons, markers and coloring books
  • bubbles
  • stickers
  • mini slinkies
  • bouncy balls
  • coins
  • rings or other play jewelry
  • playing cards
  • bookmarks
There are a few things to remember when buying even non-food items. Try to stay away from latex items and watch out for items like playdoh and such which may contain wheat or other allergens. 

If you would like to participate please go here and add your home to the official Teal pumpkin Project Participation Map so those who need it know where to find you. You can also help buy shopping their official merchandise, hosting an event in your area, making a donation or using the hashtag #tealpumpkinproject to help us spread the word.

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