In case you missed it, Halloween is coming! Starting in September, my boys began with the “demands” to buy their costumes. October 1st hit, and more questions erupted; the “when are we going to decorate the house” and the “when are we going to get pumpkins” and the “can I wear my costume around the house” and many many more. Then this past week I heard, “when are we going to paint our teal pumpkin?” I beamed, they remembered!!!! My two wild crazy boys, who can’t always remember to close the door to the house, remembered the Teal Pumpkin Project we participated in last year.
Launched as a national campaign by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014, the Teal Pumpkin Project™ raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season. Last year FARE reports that households from 50 states and 7 countries participated in the Teal Pumpkin Project. This year their aim is larger. FARE asks you to join them in taking a pledge to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project! Read more about the pledge, we took on FARE’s official webpage or Facebook page.
We will proudly display our teal pumpkin to support children with food allergies, children with food sensitivities, children with diabetes, and children with celiac disease. We will include kids who don’t have that big of a sweet tooth and children that just don’t need more candy. Everyone is welcome at our door this Halloween. We will be handing out cute ghost glow rings and glowing necklaces and maybe a few Halloween pens too.
For the record, contrary to last year’s comments that our house would get ‘egged’ because we were the only house not handing out king sized candy bars (wrapped together with festive ribbons). No such hazing or show of disappointment happened; the skeleton straws and temporary tattoos were taken by little hands just fine. Rest assured, children who can eat candy safely will get plenty of treats and if you join me in taking the Teal Pumpkin Project Pledge you will be making a child with food allergies feel included in Halloween and allowing their parents to breathe a little easier this All Hollow’s Eve.