Last year was the first year I really saw any teal pumpkins on people’s doorsteps. I was intrigued to know why and then I saw the posts for the Teal Pumpkin Project popping up everywhere! So here is what those cute blue pumpkins are all about.

We have seen an increase in childhood allergies in recent years, and we can all postulate as to why, but the fact is many children have a very hard time celebrating Halloween because of these often life threatening allergies. It is always sad to have to exclude your child from the fun and games because of something they never signed up for. So enter…the Teal Pumpkin Project.

In short, the Teal Pumpkin Project was started so that families could know which homes or businesses were handing out safe, non-food, treats for their kiddos. This way they could participate in Halloween without the fear of coming into contact with something that could possibly threaten their lives. Imagine being a parent with a child who has a lethal food allergy(nuts are he most common but not the only allergen found in typical Halloween candy)? How scary to think that a night of fun and adventure could mean having an epipen handy at all times, a run to the emergency room…or worse.

So this year our office is participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project and we will be handing out non-food Halloween treats to the kids that stop by during the day to celebrate Halloween. And as an added bonus, we are giving away a prize (maybe more than one) to the best costume of the day!

We will be handing out our treats all day from 9:30-1 and again from 3-5. So stop by, say hi, and enjoy a safe Halloween holiday.

Links to more info on the Teal Pumpkin Project:

Teal Pumpkin Project Facebook Page

Teal Pumpkin Project Website if You Too Want to Participate

A super cute story (and great explanation of the project) From Sparkle Stories