I’m embarrassed to admit but I never thought too much about the whole teal pumpkin thing until my son had a reaction to peanut butter. Now, this time of year, it’s on my mind all the time. We went from having kids who could always eat anything and everything (no allergies whatsoever) to a peanut free household. It has been one year since the diagnosis and I wish I could say that it has gotten easier. Sure I’ve become quite proficient at reading labels but it’s still difficult for our son to understand why he can’t even have foods that could have come in contact with peanuts. He’s only 3 so I guess that is to be expected. But I seriously dread going trick-or-treating this year. I worry about having to take his precious candy away to inspect it. Last year we were able to sneak all the offenders out of his pumpkin bucket without him knowing. I worry that this year he will be more aware and feel sad after a night of fun.
As a parent I’m of course not expecting every house to have something for my son on Halloween. That would be too much to ask and most of the time people don’t even think of allergies. And that’s okay. I’m not judging anyone is there’s no teal pumpkin. It’s his allergy and it’s our life. We are used to it. (Personally I think that’s why this initiative is so important because often people aren’t aware of the issue or even know that a child can’t eat certain things.) Just one house in our neighborhood would be awesome, but I’m honestly okay if that’s not the case. If it’s just the usual candy goods we will be totally fine. We will sort through his pumpkin like last year and will be sure to have our own Halloween trinkets for him here at our house. That way he for sure won’t feel left out. That all being said, taking part in the Teal Pumpkin Project (details HERE) is really easy to do so definitely something that anyone can take part in.
How To Be A Teal Pumpkin House For Halloween
What you’ll need:
- A teal pumpkin to put non-candy treats in. This one is only $1 HERE. Or you can forgo that for a regular bowl. Just have a sign stating that you have non-food items available. We aren’t picky! 🙂
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How cute are these Halloween party favors in their own little treasure chest?!
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- Look out for kiddos carrying around a teal pumpkin pail. These will be the ones you will want to offer non-food treats to.
That’s all you really need to do! See how simple that is? Plus, there are so many non-food treats out there and many are actually cheaper than what the candy would be. Here are just a few of the deals that I’ve seen on Halloween treats for kids with food allergies:
Jumping Spiders – 144 pieces for $4.49
Mini Noise Putty – 48 pieces for $9.99
Scary Spiders – 144 pieces for $2.98
Glitter Sticky Hands – 72 for $11.99
Halloween Whistles – 72 for $7.99
Finger Traps – 72 for $9.99
Spider Spin Tops – 72 for $5.99
At these prices you might just want to say goodbye to giving out candy and hello to non-candy treats for everyone. I know the dentists will thank you!
By taking part in this teal pumpkin initiative you are helping children with food allergies enjoy Halloween and helping us parents, too. *wink*
Do you take part in the Teal Pumpkin Project?