Have you heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project? If not, just type into google and you'll see story after story of young children that face heartbreak every year because they can't enjoy trick-or-treating like many of their friends/siblings, and its all because the 'treats' passed out by the handful could make them very sick.
The main purpose of the Teal Pumpkin Project is to raise awareness of food allergies and promote non-food/candy treats during Halloween. 1 in 13 children in the US suffer from a food allergy. Allergies go beyond the common peanut, you also have eggs, milk, soy, other tree nuts, wheat and food dyes. A great way to accommodate children with allergies is to have a separate bowl of items like glow stick bracelets, bubbles, pencils, coloring books, spider rings or vampire teeth (just to name a few, check out our pinterest for more ideas) and you will guarantee every kid will leave your house with a SMILE!
I am a huge fan of the Teal Pumpkin Project, even if my family has little to no food allergies. Although I allow my child to eat candy (and I sneak a few pieces myself) I try to keep consumption to a minimum. I always dread the huge pile of candy that my child collects, and the candy we have left over! I love when a neighbor hands out loose change or small toys, and its such a good break up of the never ending pile of mini snickers candy.
Head over the Teal Pumpkin Project website to sign the pledge. https://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project/pledge#.VhaBiCs7iec
Hey, and while you're getting the paint and brushes out, why not give your teal pumpkin a little extra pizzazz!!! Look at these 8 stunning teal pumpkins we found.....
More information about the Teal Pumpkin Project and ideas of non-food treats go to:
Free Downloads (signs, stickers and stencils)
Here are the links to all pumpkin ideas