The Teal Pumpkin Project

Trick-or-treating is an age-old tradition and we all know that it is a big deal in America. Increasingly though it is also becoming more and more popular here at home in the UK, but for parents whose kids can’t just eat whatever they get their hands on, it can be a completely stressful endeavour for Mum and Dad – and it may be confusing and not much fun for the kids too!
What am I talking about? Food allergies, celiac disease, diabetes, food intolerances and other special diets. If your child is affected by any of these, you know the struggle of feeding your child things that you didn’t buy or make yourself. If your kid gets exposed to something they shouldn’t be eating, the risks can vary, but they can be pretty devastating – it can affect behaviour, cause discomfort, result in serious illness and sometimes even cause death.
While there is no way that anyone can possibly accommodate every person everywhere when handing out treats, there is a way to accommodate everyone with an awesome teal pumpkin.
No, I don’t mean hand out teal pumpkins. I mean paint a pumpkin teal and let it hang outside or perhaps print out a poster from The Teal Pumpkin Project and stick that up at a window.
If you do so, the trick-or-treaters know that they can come by your house and their kids can be handed something that won’t make them sick and won’t potentially kill them.
You see, teal pumpkins mean that you know that not all kids can have all foods and that you can provide a fun non-food treat to the little ghosts and goblins that visit your home on October 31st.

The Teal Pumpkin Project is working on getting the word out to everyone around the world that having non-food treats at your home makes it a safe place to trick-or-treat. It’s a pretty simple thing to do and can mean so much to your friends and neighbours.
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