We have always been a family who enjoys Halloween. I think it is a fun way for kids and adults to pretend they are someone or something else for a night. Of course, there is also the candy!
Yes, the candy. Let’s chat about that for a minute. My sweet daughter, has allergies to peanuts and almonds. When she was young, that meant, every Halloween, I had to comb through her candy and pick out the pieces she couldn’t eat. It was not always a happy time in our house. I hated to take candy away from her, but her health was more important.
I was so glad to read about The Teal Pumpkin Project. FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) is asking people to paint a pumpkin teal or hang a sign with a teal pumpkin on it (you can print one on their site) and put it in front of their house and pass out non-food treats. The teal pumpkin lets trick or treaters know that they will get something just as good as candy in their bag.
Here is a list of a few things that would be great as non-food treats.
I was happy to see that our neighborhood is coming together to support the Teal Pumpkin Project. I went to Dollar Tree and picked up a few goodies and a foam Pumpkin.
A couple coats of teal paint and my pumpkin was ready.
I took a few minutes to put some pencils, stickers and erasers in treat bags. This will make it easy for me to grab and the little bags will seem special to children with allergies.
Will you be participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project?