The Teal Pumpkin Project

The Teal Pumpkin Project is a campaign to make non-food or non-candy treats available as alternatives for a low-sugar, food allergy-safe Halloween. I first learned about it when it was launched last year, at about the same time that we were offering glow-rings and glow-necklaces. Even when our son went on his first trick-or-treating activity back in Nigeria, we’ve always appreciated it that people offered stickers, erasers, balls, etc., because he doesn’t like chocolates and most candies. Until now he still only likes strawberry-flavored sweets. He’s also concerned that he has friends and classmates who are gluten-intolerant and have food allergies.

The problem is this is a new campaign and most people have never heard of it. I had to make my own teal pumpkins because none of the major stores were selling these. I could not even find paint in teal, but managed to pick spray paint and acrylic paint. I was also able to buy fake pumpkins at 40-75 percent off on the 30th.

Of course, we also had the usual sweets. What is surprising is half of the trick or treaters chose the toys, especially the toddlers and tweens. The most popular items were the slime, Vampire fangs, and bouncing rubber eyeballs.


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