It's Halloweeny, Trick or Treaty time!
The protection of others, especially children, is always something near and dear to my heart. I would ADORE if you all would join me in protecting little ones this Tricks and Treats season by participating along with me in the Teal Pumpkin Project.
As I'm sure you know, there are a lot of kids that deal with life threatening food allergies every day. Thankfully, I am blessed with children who don't suffer from anything life threatening. I know other families aren't as lucky – but there is really something simple we can all do to make this Halloween fun for EVERYONE!
Things are easier to deal with as adults – we have a better grasp on logic and reason, we can weigh pros and cons, and we have a ton of experience dealing with disappointment (and ways to redirect our energy). This isn't always the case with children – all they know is that there is something fun going on that everyone is talking about – and they can't be a part of it. I for one don't want any little faces that come trick or treating in my neighborhood to be sad – and I'm sure you're the same. Unless you're a giant meanie face who likes to see little children cry. See? I knew that wasn't you. I just knew it.
The concept is simple: Paint a pumpkin with teal paint – it can be real or fake, doesn't matter. I picked up three small ones at a local dollar store and spray painted them.
Place this teal pumpkin somewhere really visible, along with one of the printables I've provided. Purchase some small non-food items to hand out in lieu of candy. Post the printable somewhere near your pumpkin, or right at your front door. If your neighborhood has a Facebook page, community bulletin board, etc – post a few extra copies and let your neighbors know about the project as well. I know most families would be glad to participate and make the holiday as much for as possible for everyone.
The teal pumpkin lets trick or treaters know that your home provides safe non-food treats for kids with food allergies. Imagine if it were YOU parenting an allergic child – either not participating in Halloween trick or treats altogether, or instead going door to door, your child knowing they can't keep anything they're receiving. Pretty sad, right? It's so EASY to prevent! Simply purchase some small toys, notepads, shiny pencils, etc and have them ready with your regular treats to hand out.
Food allergy parents – when you see the teal pumpkins, send your little one trick or treating with confidence, knowing that this home will provide a non-food treat. For homes offering both, make sure you coach your little one to let the homeowner know they'd like a non-food treat. Everyone comes together to protect the community. Everyone is happy.
For more information on food allergies, please visit these websites:
It would absolutely make my WEEK if you choose to participate – make sure you follow me on Instagram – upload a photo of your own Teal Pumpkin Project and use the hashtag #TealPumpkinProject to share with me, and everyone else!
Don't forget to download your very own Teal Pumpkin Project flyer to post at your own home!
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