Have you ever been discouraged by the amount of candy on Halloween because your child has allergies, is a picky eater, or you simply don’t want your child to eat that much sugar? What if there was a way to eliminate candy consumption without losing out on all the fun at Halloween? The Teal Pumpkin Project is here to help you. This project was started to raise awareness about children with allergies and other children who are in need of special diets for medical reasons. You can participate by painting a pumpkin teal and placing it on your front porch or by printing a free sign for your door.
Then, provide a safe experience for children with allergies by offering exclusively non-food items. If you prefer, you can provide the option of a food or non-food item to each child who trick-or-treats – just make sure to keep them in separate containers to avoid allergen contamination.
Here are some ideas for Halloween themed treats:
•Rings / bracelets / necklaces
•Small figurines such as spiders, lizards, or dinosaurs
•Pencils, pens, erasers
•Whistles, kazoos, noisemakers
•Stamps or stencils
•Vampire teeth, rubber skeletons
Benefits to participating:
•All children feel included on Halloween.
•It’s a great way to teach all children about helping others and being inclusive.
•It’s a healthier way to still have fun.
•You can turn it into a social event by hosting a Teal Pumpkin painting party with your friends to prepare for Halloween.
•The treats will last much longer than candy.
For more information and free printable signs, please visit www.tealpumpkinproject.org .
Arizona Partnership for
Children’s Parents As Teachers
Editor’s note: AzPAC is a partnership between Catholic Charities Community Services and Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Arizona. Learn more by visiting www.catholiccharitiesaz.org.
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