Over the past few years, you’ve probably noticed that more and more homes have teal pumpkins on their balconies coming Halloween. It’s more than just a decorating trend: it’s a movement to help kids with allergies have a safe Halloween.
In 2012, a woman named Becky Basalone was thinking about how to make Halloween less stressful for kids with food allergies. When exposure to nuts and other common ingredients in Halloween treats can send you to the hospital in a heartbeat, trick-or-treating without worries can be tricky. her idea? People can stock up on non-food items for distribution and put squash-coated teal — the color used by food allergy awareness groups — on their front doorstep.
Her idea took off. In 2014, she teamed up with Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of food allergies, to promote the idea.
How can you participate? While you can read on The Teal Pumpkin Project on the official website (And even print some cool banners to put in your window) Sharing is as simple as putting out a teal pumpkin—either by painting your own or picking up a pumpkin from one of the big now-carrying retailers like Target—and stocking up on non-food items for delivery.
Although you can hand out anything from spooky trinkets to stickers to erasers, we think the best option is this one. glue finger. Buying hundreds of glowing bracelets isn’t just cheap, kids love them too and anything that increases visibility on Halloween night helps keep everyone safe—in fact, glow sticks are our favorite Halloween security hack.
For more ideas on what you can do—from signature ideas to word processing—check out our Teal Pumpkin Project guide.