So for those who don’t know, the Teal Pumpkin Project is something that started in America in 2014 as a away to include those with food allergies in one of the most food centered occasions, Hallowe’en. If you’d like to find out more about it you can look here. It’s all about inclusivity, It’s not about changing trick or treating for the children with no allergies, it just means making a small effort to include the children who can’t usually partake in it by having a few non-food alternatives available at your door. Or even just making sure the treats that you hand out are well labelled. (Oh and no nuts!)
It’s not that well known on this side of the ocean but I have definitely heard more about it over the last couple of years, even if it has been inside the food allergy bubble I live in! I decided that this year I’d try to put it out there that I’d be taking part in the Teal Pumpkin Project at our house this Hallowe’en. I got great feedback on Facebook and Instagram about the whole idea and the general feeling was that more and more people are becoming aware of it, so that’s good!
What we did to prepare for Halloween was no different to any other year really. We bought a few bags of sweeties, some novelty pencils, stickers, bubbles and some new decorations. Because I just can’t have too many pumpkin fairy lights or witchy garlands! We made up bags of the non-food things and carved our pumpkins. We also painted a poster with a big teal pumpkin on it to let people know we had safe treats.
I also went a bit mad and turned my scabby looking hanging basket into a ghost called Fabio using a sheet, a wire hanger and some paint.
We had a fairly quiet night trick or treat wise, but that has been the case for the last 9 years or so as we’re on a main road but I was delighted to have a few allergy kids call to the door! Most of our callers did look at me like I had ten heads (costume idea for next year perhaps!) when I asked if they’d like sweeties or not sweeties. Sweeties of course! But I was glad to be able to give fun things to the kids who wanted the non sweetie option!
My own food allergy trick or treater did really well, he went out with his friend and his family dressed as Rick to his friend’s Morty. They came back here and he went through his bag of swag and got rid of the unlabeled or unsafe things (I did quite well out of that!) and we swapped them with some safe things I had gotten.
All in all it was a fun evening and I’m looking forward to next year already!