We are a teal pumpkin family. The Teal Pumpkin Project is about “raising awareness of food allergies through the addition of non-food trinkets and toys to your treats, making Halloween safer and more inclusive for all trick or treaters.”
We’re fortunate that none of us, Caleb included, have any known allergies at this time. But several of Caleb’s friends have allergies or intolerances toward certain foods.
We became a teal pumpkin family even before Caleb was born. I love Halloween but dreaded the thought of my future child having all that sugary candy. In looking for alternatives, I stumbled upon the Teal Pumpkin Project and instantly thought that the idea was brilliant – and certainly necessary. Kids should be able to trick-or-treat without fear or disappointment of what they have in their bucket.
Some ideas for non-food treats:
- Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
- Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
- Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
- Mini Slinkies
- Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
- Bouncy balls
- Finger puppets or novelty toys
- Coins (especially those gold $1 coins)
- Spider rings
- Vampire fangs
- Mini notepads
- Playing cards
While last year I purchased our goodies (stuffed bears and a paddle ball game) from Oriental Trading, I think I’m going to shop at the local dollar spot as we typically only have a handful of children stop by. I’m planning on going with glow sticks this year!