Not really sure what’s going to happen with trick or treating this year, but the girls still really wanted to make our Teal Pumpkin Project pumpkins to help raise awareness about food allergies and how to include EVERYone during the holidays! We have two daughters with Celiac, and this is a project that is close to our hearts [see last year’s unicorn version HERE]. Have you heard about the Teal Pumpkin Project before? Basically, you put out a painted pumpkin, a printout of a teal pumpkin [FREE printable signs HERE!] or a faux teal pumpkin to signify to parents and kids that you will be providing non-food treats at your home, thus making it a safe space for kids who can’t eat or even be around things like nuts, dairy or gluten. See below for some trick or treat ideas for food allergy kiddos!
This is just a small way to make sure that every kiddo feels included on night that is all about them anyway! Nothing hurts my heart more than seeing my girls who have Celiac have to step aside at class parties, birthday parties or holiday gatherings when there aren’t any options for those who can’t have gluten. Luckily, things are changing and more people are growing in awareness of how to include EVERYone at the table these days, and the Teal Pumpkin Project is one way to help bring awareness!
Need trick or treat ideas for food allergy kiddos? Here’s a list my girls came up with that might be helpful as we prepare for Halloween (however that looks this weird COVID year 🤪)!
NON-FOOD TREAT IDEAS:
-sticker books (cut them up into strips to make them go farther)
-pencils or fun pens
-small inexpensive toys that come in bulk (bouncy balls, glow sticks, plastic fashion rings)
Hopefully this is a helpful way to include as many kiddos as we can during Halloween fun! I had never heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project before we found out my kids had Celiac, and we love to spread the word each year here on the blog and on my Instagram so that EVERY kid can feel part of the group during trick or treating! Think you could do this at your house this year?! I know my two GF girlies are THRILLED when they walk up to a house with a teal pumpkin, and it makes my mommy heart so happy to see them being thought of and included!