Why You Should Participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project this Halloween
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Trick or Treat!
Fall is coming fast and before we know it, we’ll be getting ready for trick or treaters at the door on Halloween night. If you want to feel great about handing out all those goodies, The Teal Pumpkin Project may make you want to participate in Halloween a little differently this year.
What is the Teal Pumpkin Project?
The Teal Pumpkin Project was created by FARE with the idea to give out non-food items so kids are able to participate in the fun holiday, but not receive things that can make them sick. By setting out a teal pumpkin, you tell parents it’s safe for children with allergies to stop at your home and trick or treat.
Here’s what my Hip2Save sidekick Jami said about The Teal Pumpkin Project:
“I love The Teal Pumpkin Project! My best friend’s son has very severe allergies to just about everything and she has always participated in the Teal Pumpkin Project. I have also always tried to be mindful of all kids with allergies since my daughter is not severely allergic but suffers from colon issues and we have had to adjust her diet many times over the years.”
Set a teal pumpkin on your porch to participate.
Here’s a list of stores we’ve recently spotted teal pumpkins and you can even order them all online:
Hip Tip: If you don’t want to buy a teal one, another great option is to paint a cardboard faux pumpkin or a real one you scoop up from the pumpkin patch. Grab the kids and some paint brushes and make it a fun and educational fall activity.
Here are my top 10 ideas if you want to participate with us:
- Bugs in the Sand
- Party favor bubbles
- 120-piece Party Favors set
- Unicorn rubber ducks
- Mini character notepads
- Glow in the dark ghost bracelets
- Halloween Putty
- Pack of Spooky Spiders
- Halloween bookmarks
- Wack-a-Pack balloons
Here’s how Hip2Save readers have participated in the Teal Pumpkin Project in the past:
“For years I’ve been handing out glow sticks. My husband was annoyed when I started, but seeing how excited the kids get and how they’d yell to their parents about them, he’s totally into it now. Cheaper than candy too”
“Every year we hand out the mini Halloween tubs of Halloween Play-Doh. It’s so cute to see how excited the little kids get!”
“We always have Dum Dums which are peanut, dairy, and nut-free in one bowl and toys in another for our teal pumpkin friends. I also save happy meal stuff year-round for goodie bags and purchase little packs of crayons for the little ones so parents can put them in their diaper bags. We also often do bubbles, bracelets, fangs, tattoos, and stickers.”
“We gave out suction cup phone stands (found a bunch on clearance somewhere) and mini tubs of Play-Doh. The Play-Doh was the biggest hit even with the older kids. Definitely doing it again this year!”
“We are a teal pumpkin family as well. I keep two separate containers. One with non-food items (mini-notebooks, crayons, party favor type toys, clearance finds, books, etc.) and the other with mini bags of pretzels, microwave bags of popcorn and other “lunch box” snacks. We do ZERO candy in our house since we end up throwing it away anyhow. Whereas the non-candy treats are always eaten right away. We even keep treats for the dogs, it always blows dog owners away.”