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This post is dedicated to my son, D-Man. He has food allergies and our family is part of the food allergy community. When he was diagnosed with his multiple food allergies we felt that he may never be able to trick or treat. BOY WERE WE WRONG! Thanks to the folks at FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) who started an initiative in 2014.
The initiative is the Teal Pumpkin Project. In brief it is to provide non-food items to individuals trick or treating and spread awareness of the initiative. It is super simple to be a participant in the initiative if you are so inclined.
- Provide non-food treats for trick or treat-ers (check out my Pinterest board for ideas)
- Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate you have non-food treats available.
- In addition, you can display a sign to explain the Teal Pumpkin Project to help spread awareness and increase participation. (FARE has a bunch of free printable options on their website)
D-Man can eat some treat items as long as they don’t contain his allergens including peanuts, tree-nuts, sesame seed, sunflower seed, cucumbers and fish. I sure hope people don’t hand out fish on Halloween! We know that he can eat items like Junior Mints, Tootsie products, Skittles, and Twizzlers. That’s just him, every kid is different. Some kids can’t have dairy, some eggs, some gluten, and a number of other food issues. It’s hard to provide for every possible food allergy or diagnosis (diabetes, celiac, g-tube fed) when you are selecting candy items for trick or treating. The beauty of the program is that it promotes non-food items as an option.
Two Teal pumpkin ideas
Today I set out to attain supplies to make two teal pumpkins. I am going to be painting a faux pumpkin and using crayons to make a drip pumpkin.
I used a real small white pumpkin for the drip pumpkin and some old crayons from the boys stash. After looking on Pinterest about how to complete this task, I discovered a few tricks. First glue the crayons to the pumpkin. Second, I noticed that many shots of the had many splatters of crayons. I opted to placing the small pumpkin in a box prior to making the drip pumpkin.
crayon drip teal pumpkin
- Clean your pumpkin and dry it well.
- Unwrap your crayons, break in half and glue to the top of your pumpkin.
- Place your pumpkin in the protected area (New Glarus Spotted Cow box for me, thank you).
- Start blow drying your crayons with your hair dryer set to high. It takes a few seconds, but soon you will see the crayons begin to melt. Keep blow drying until dripped in the fashion you want.
- Allow to dry, which happens very quickly. (lucky for me I hate to wait for things to dry)
- Spray your pumpkin with sealant to try and protect the pumpkin until it’s Halloween night for a fun trick or treat.
painted faux teal pumpkin
- Carve out the top of the pumpkin (like a real pumpkin, the carving kit knife worked the best).
- Paint the pumpkin. I did not have teal paint so I had to mix my own using some left over paints from Mr. P’s college days. Take a big dollop of blue, add a small amount of yellow, and add a streak of orange. It makes perfect teal. If you don’t have access to paints, no worries Target sells Teal Pumpkin painting kits! (I guess the word is spreading)
- I painted the pumpkin twice avoiding to paint the very bottom of the pumpkin. This allows you to rest the pumpkin on something while you are painting and allowing it to dry.
- Once done spray the teal pumpkin with sealant to protect the paint for Trick or Treating.
In addition to making our two teal pumpkins I visited the FARE website to print out one sheet describing what we are handing out. I covered it in some clear contact paper to be able to reuse every year for our home. I filled our faux teal pumpkin with some non-food items and set up our front door.
We are so excited for Halloween. In addition to our nut free options we are offering we will have glow in the dark teeth, nails and mini buckets of slime!
Let me know how you will be trying to include all kiddos in your Halloween!