So I just learned about the Teal Pumpkin Project yesterday from one of you awesome readers. First I need to say thank you so much for sharing, and second, why has this fabulous initiative not existed sooner!!
What is the Teal Pumpkin Project?
Launched as a national campaign by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014, the Teal Pumpkin Project™ raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season.
FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project™ promotes safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies. This nationwide movement offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option, and keeps Halloween a fun, positive experience for all!
Last year, households from 50 states and 7 countries participated in the Teal Pumpkin Project™. This year, you can be part of an even bigger movement by joining 100,000 households pledging to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project™! To Take the Pledge Click Here!
We took the pledge yesterday and I am glad we did! The kiddos have so many fabulous friends who have allergies and it always sadden me that they had to miss out on a lot of the fun. Now they don’t have to, they get to be included in all the trick-or-treating fun!! And let’s be honest; with juvenile diabetes on the rise children already consume a lot of sugar in their everyday meals, snacks, and drinks, cutting down on all the Halloween candy is a welcomed idea.
As an added bonus we got a mini art project out of the deal!! We have a preschooler who absolutely loves to paint!! We opted for a plastic pumpkin so that we have it ready to go next year too!
Kiddos decided the treasure chest was the perfect container for all the goodies!! I actually ended up having a lot of goodies on hand from past birthday parties. And I grabbed a few extra at Meijer today, fyi- the party favors were on sale, BOGO half off.
I am excited to see how the treasure chest goodies are received by our trick-or-treaters!!
Have you taken the pledge? What will you be passing out to trick-or-treaters? What are your thoughts on candy, think there will ever come a day when candy is a thing of the past?