Have you spotted teal pumpkins on doorsteps lately?
Good News! Families that choose to decorate with teal pumpkins will be offering non-food treats to children this Halloween.
Started in 2014 by FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education), the Teal Pumpkin Project was created to make Halloween a safer, healthier event. While The Teal Pumpkin Project began as an effort to bring awareness to food allergies, parents of children with diabetes and other conditions are joining the effort. In just two years, the Project has become a worldwide movement.
Offering non-food treats to children keeps processed sugar, food colorings, GMOs, chemicals and other harmful ingredients out of children’s bodies. But make sure to maintain the spirit of the Project! Choose replacement treats that are not toxic in other ways and avoid plastic items.
Ideas for Non-Toxic Items
- Wooden or glass beads (avoid mardi gras beads; they can contain extremely high levels of heavy metals.)
- Wooden spinning tops
- Wooden acorns or acorn tops
- Art brushes
- Mini pumpkins or gourds (with faces drawn on them)
- Stickers (avoid temporary tattoos. Read here and here for why.)
- Decorations such as leaves made out of felt
- Coins in a small cloth bag
- Homemade mini notepads
For new ideas on creating a Halloween that your child will remember with delight rather than fright, see our article on “How To Make Halloween Healthier and Happier.”