Last Minute Preparations
As you and your family prepare for Halloween, use this information and tips to create a safe and happy holiday with the Teal Pumpkin Project®.
The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season. By participating, not only are you helping to make Halloween safe and fun for children who might not otherwise take part in trick-or-treating, you are also helping to raise awareness for the 15 million Americans with food allergies.
Here are some suggestions to prepare for Halloween night:
- Either paint a real or plastic pumpkin teal or purchase an officially licensed Teal Pumpkin Project Pumpkin at stores such as Michaels or CVS. If you choose to paint your pumpkin, acrylic or spray paints are recommended, and those with milk allergy should avoid using paint containing milk.
- No time to get your pumpkin? FARE has a number of signs and posters for you to use to help communicate to your visitors that you are handing out non-food items in support of all children with food allergies (also in Spanish and French!). Check out these free resources.
- If candy-giving is part of your Halloween tradition, you can continue to do so by offering both candy and non-food treats. Keep the experience safe by keeping your food treats and non-food treats in separate bowls.
- Purchase non-food treats online or at discount stores. Some ideas include glow sticks, stickers, spider rings, books, crayons, bookmarks, and pencils. For more ideas click here. Whatever toys you don’t pass out this year can be saved for next year.
- If you haven’t added your house to the Teal Pumpkin Project Participation Map yet, be sure to add yourself. Then find out which houses in your area are participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project by searching the map.
- Start the Halloween fun early with FARE’s Boo Your Neighbor Kit.
- Share photos online to help spread the word about the Teal Pumpkin Project to your online networks using the hashtag #TealPumpkinProject.When trick-or-treaters arrive on Halloween night, if you’re offering both candy and non-food treats, ask the kids: “Would you like candy or a special prize? You pick!” If you only have non-food treats you can say: “Pick from this bowl of toys and treasures!” You may find that kids without food allergies prefer the non-food treats!
Now you’re ready for Halloween! We are looking forward to hearing how your Halloween night goes! Thank you for helping to make Halloween safe and fun for all children.
For more ideas and resources, or to make a donation to support the Teal Pumpkin Project, visit teapumpkinproject.org.
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