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What’s wrong with chocolate-covered nut “fun-sized” candy bars for Beggar’s Night treats? Certainly not the taste! However, for many local trick-or-treaters, food allergies put these morsels on the “don’t” list. That’s why teal pumpkins are making the rounds at doorsteps, car trunks, and front porches this Halloween.
Placing a teal pumpkin at your house this Halloween means you’ve got your candy cache stashed with non-food items safe for children who may have food sensitivities or allergies.
Teal pumpkins mean you have the option for kids with sensitivities, not necessarily that you have to have only that type on hand. If you still wish to give out candy, just post a sign noting kids can pick treats or trinkets and have bowls of each ready!
The teal pumpkin movement began in Tennessee, and was launched nationally in 2014 by the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) group. The movement has grown to international participation, helping trick-or-treaters across the globe find food allergy-friendly treats.
Have you finally decided orange is the new teal and you can’t wait to show off your new (pumpkin) look? Start by going forward into the madness of the stores right before Halloween and pick up trinkets and non-food treats. Here are some great ideas for your non-candy bowl:
Check the party aisle of your favorite discount store or a party specialty shop to find these “treats” and more. You can find printable signs explaining the significance at FARE to add to your holiday display.
Oh, but wait, we almost forgot the most important aspect of the movement—creating your own teal pumpkin. Acrylic paint and a sponge brush work well to give your pumpkin overall teal appeal, but what if you want something more? Here are a few fun ideas:
We hope this helps make your Halloween a bit happier! If you need more inspiration for your teal pumpkin decorating check out our Pinterest board.