Halloween is upon us! Have you been seeing teal pumpkins popping up on people’s front porches? Maybe you’ve seen some in the classroom or on store shelves? Let me explain what the teal pumpkin and the Teal Pumpkin Project is all about!
Fall has officially begun and Halloween is right around the corner! Have you been shopping for Halloween decor as of late? Maybe you’ve visited Target or Michaels Craft Store and noticed some bizarre looking pumpkins – teal ones. Before I was a food allergy mom, I probably would have thought this was just a trendy decoration color, but the teal pumpkin has REAL meaning.
In a nutshell (no pun intended), the Teal Pumpkin Project® was developed as way to raise awareness of food allergies, other conditions and disabilities, while promoting inclusion of trick-or-treaters at Halloween! The best part is, the Teal Pumpkin Project® is promoted by the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) organization. We can thank fellow food allergy moms and dads for the inception and execution of the Teal Pumpkin Project®: “The Teal Pumpkin Project was inspired by a local awareness activity run by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET) and launched as a national campaign by FARE in 2014. FARE thanks FACET for their ongoing partnership as we work to reach families across the country and around the world with the Teal Pumpkin Project’s messages of awareness, inclusion and community.” – FARE
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you have non-food treats available, such as stickers, pencils, small toys and more!
Also, displaying a sign explaining just what the Teal Pumpkin Project® is helps further the message of the teal pumpkin itself and food allergy awareness. Be sure to grab this free 8″ x 10″ printable courtesy of Lillybug Designs! Click here to download. You can also find additional signage from FARE.
WHERE TO FIND TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT ITEMS
So, just where can you find Teal Pumpkin Project® pumpkins? We found our’s at Michaels Craft Store!
Lucas had more interest in trying to eat the pumpkin and holding onto it while shouting “mine!!!”
You can also find a variety of teal pumpkin products at Target. I can’t wait to add the decorative pumpkins to my seasonal home decor! Selection and quantities vary by location.
DECORATE THAT PUMPKIN!
Decorating and carving a pumpkin is half of the fun of Halloween! With a gorgeous teal pumpkin, you have the opportunity to make a design all of your own. Need some inspiration? Here are 8 Teal Pumpkin Project Decoration Ideas!
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