Pumpkins are orange. Right? Even the ones your preschooler paints with little round sponges are colored with orange temperas. So, if pumpkins are orange, then why are you seeing the Halloween staple in teal? Take a look around the neighborhood. A good look. Chances are you’ll see at least one teal pumpkin. And if you’re wondering why, take a look at who is displaying them and what they mean.
The bluish pumpkins that are popping up are part of the Teal Pumpkin Project. Okay, duh. They’re teal. We know. So what is it?
The Teal Pumpkin Project is a campaign led by the Food Allergy Research Education (FARE) organization. It was inspired by a local allergy awareness activity that the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee started. In 2014, FARE took the idea to a national level with the goal of raising awareness of food allergies.
The teal pumpkins are meant to encourage all of us to provide alternative, non-food treats for trick-or-treaters. For children with food allergies, Halloween can be more than a challenging time. What seems like a plain chocolate bar may have nuts in it. If the child doesn’t stop to read the ingredients, what seems like a simple Halloween treat can result in a trip to the ER.
You can join in and help raise awareness of food allergies by hanging a teal pumpkin on your home this Halloween. And while you’re out stocking your Halloween candy stash, buy some non-food treats too. Your thoughtfulness may just make a child’s Halloween better.
Does your child have a food allergy? Do you participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project? Tell us in the comments below.