Trick or treating is not for everyone. I get that. Halloween was not that big in England until fairly recently. Until I had children, I was not too keen on having random people bang on my front door all night to be honest. These days, we have jack-o-lanterns right by our front door as well as a teal pumpkin, so that allergy sufferers know that they can get safe, non-food treats when they knock on our door.
Call it peer pressure or trend, but my children have been desperate to join in with the whole trick or treating thing for the past few years, and I have been going with them around our neighbourhood.
The Teal Pumpkin Project
I found out about The Teal Pumpkin Project two or three years ago and we took part. It is pretty simple.
All you have to do is get a pumpkin and paint it teal.
You can carve it or even use a fake pumpkin that will be able to reuse year after year.
Have the teal pumpkin alongside your orange pumpkins in the window or outside your front door.
Just make sure you have two separate bowls for treats, one containing non-food treats.
Last year, we had ghost straws, mini bottles of bubbles and mini notebooks. These non-food treats were really popular and it gave me a warm, fuzzy feeling to help allergy sufferers feel more included.
Unfortunately, we did not see one single other teal pumpkin in our local area last year. Let’s hope things improve so allergy sufferers and those on an exclusion diet can feel completely included.
It would be lovely if you could share this post so that more people know about the Teal Pumpkin Project.
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