The Teal Pumpkin Project, sponsored and led by the non-profit FARE, took off last fall as thousands of parents and kids across the United States and beyond began painting their Halloween pumpkins in the food allergy cause’s signature color, then compared the creative results online. The media – CNN, Reuters, CBS – all took note of this eye-catching diversion from Halloween rituals – and a new tradition was born.
This year, FARE has launched an ambitious program, and hopes to get 100,000 U.S. households involved the 2015 Teal Pumpkin Project. (Don’t forget to use the hashtag #tealpumpkinproject when sharing on social media.)
Why the teal? Placing a teal pumpkin outside your home offers a visual cue that you are handing out non-food loot to treaters, and helping to raise food allergy awareness. From glow sticks to Halloween pencils, bracelets, stickers, spooky spider rings and more – this annual festivity has gone from a time of candy exclusion to a growing movement of food-free fun.
FARE’s 2015 Program includes:
• A free downloadable and printable sign, that shows non-food treats are being handed out at this home. Plus, other materials to download, including a sign that says “candy and non-food treats” are being offered.
• FARE is also asking you “to pledge” to take part in the project here, as a way of supporting kids with food allergies on Halloween.
• Great fundraising ideas – from teal pumpkin sales to “trunk or treat” and painting parties in support of FARE’s food allergy education and research work.
• Those who donate more than $10 to the cause, can get an attractive window cling that supports the project and declares them a “proud supporter”. (While supplies last.)
Send Us Your Photos! At Allergic Living, we’re collecting teal pumpkin photos, videos, gifs and Tweets to share soon. Simply send to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s a taste of a few submissions from October 2014 – to get those creative juices flowing.
Do you wonder who came up with this brilliant teal-colored concept that makes Halloween fun and inclusive for children with food allergies? Then read our 2014 article about Becky Basalone, an East Tennessee mother of two.
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