I like this project idea!
Through a friend of a friend’s Facebook post comments, I found out about The Teal Pumpkin Project, a campaign that Food Allergy Canada is proudly supporting.
“Through this international initiative, families are encouraged to place a teal-coloured pumpkin in front of their home to show they have non-food treats available for children with food allergies and other kids for whom candy is not an option. Its aim is to create a safer and happier Halloween for all!”
For TheHubbs and I, Halloween is fun and if we can offer non-allergic reaction-inducing treats for kids to enjoy long after they’re done their trick’or’treating rounds for the evening, then I’m totally keen ^_^
Of course for me, this totally means I get to add to our existing cute, silly, and not scary* Halloween decorations! I’m most excited about adding to our “reuseable” pumpkin collection this year by having a teal one and a new non-food treat bowl specifically for the Teal Pumpkin Project.
Hopefully I will remember to make a couple of the Non-Food Treats Available signs to be posted at the front of the drive for parents & kids with allergies to see; so if they would prefer to partake in our other offerings, then at least the signs will be visible enough for them to ask about them.
This is gonna be an awesome Halloween tradition for us ^_^
* Note about our generally not scary Halloween decorations — I, personally, do not like being scared. I am not a fan of haunted houses, horror movies, zombie shows, blood & gore and the more typically adult-oriented Halloween themes.
We live in a neighbourhood where there are still a fair number of trick’or’treaters consisting of babies, toddlers, and young children. We choose to decorate our house as non-threatening as possible specifically for the younger children because honestly: I like cute and Halloween decorations can still be “traditional” and not scary at the same time.