Tonight, as children come round our neighbourhood for a bit of trick or treating, they will be greeted by the usual jack-o-lanterns, but we will also have teal pumpkins by the front door.
“Why?” I hear you ask.
As I was reading an article by Penny on The ID Band Company’s website, I found out about The Teal Pumpkin Project.
How to get involved in the project?
You just have to get a pumpkin, carve it if you want and paint it teal, then place it 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. Tonight, we have spooky straws, mini bottles of bubbles and mini notebooks. It makes it safer for children with allergies, and their parents will not have to confiscate treats that would not be safe for their children.
It is all about making Halloween inclusive and safe for children with food allergies. I am so grateful to Penny for raising awareness for this project. My friend Emma, with whom I co-host #FreeFromFridays, also wrote about it here if you fancy a read.
We always have non-food treats for children on exclusion diets, but the teal pumpkin is a game-changer. It actually spells it out: if you have allergies or intolerances (or do not eat sweets). there will be something for you in this house. This is inclusion at its finest!
To most people, it will mean nothing, but to those will allergies, it is a signal they can have treats they can keep…
On Friday, we picked our pumpkins at Willows Farm and carved them there. All we had to do when we got home was choose one of the pumpkins to be the teal one.
Jumpy chose the one she had picked and we painted it yesterday, using a paint pot sample I had bought for £1.
I gave it another coat with Wriggly this afternoon and we added some gold sprinkles to give our pumpkin a festive look. Ta-dah!
Will you have a teal pumpkin in your window tonight?
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