Sydney households are getting ready for their Halloween celebrations, pulling out their Halloween decorations and choosing their Halloween costumes. I am sure you are too, but have you heard of the Teal Halloween Pumpkin?
According to the FAW (Food Allergy Week) Australia has the highest number of food allergies in the world, and it’s growing at a rapid rate. They estimate that there are 800,000 Australians with a diagnosed food allergy. 800 000! That is a crazy number. That hasn’t considered the number of Australians with food intolerances.
And some of those people diagnosed with food allergies and intolerances are children who will be hoping to trick or treat this Halloween. And if you include the children with parents who are thinking of the sugar highs, sugar crashes and dentist bills, we have quite a high number of people who are not so thrilled.
Look, Halloween is fun but it isn’t for everyone.
The Teal Pumpkin
The Teal Pumpkin Project is a great initiative created by the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) organization. The aim of the Teal Project is to promote the inclusion of all trick-or-treaters during the Halloween season and promote awareness of food allergies.
By placing a teal pumpkin at your door, you agree to offer a non-food treat for trick-or-treaters.
So...What do you think?
So, the idea of this, I hope, sounds amazing! And then you start thinking through the logistics…
- No food.
- But the bags of Halloween chocolates and lollies that Coles and Woolworths sell are so convenient…
- But what about the kids who do like the chocolates and lollies
- So does this mean I must buy a bunch of plastic rubbish from the Kmart party section…
- Ah, this just makes things even more difficult
- What on earth am I meant to put in my treat pot?
We have you covered!
Ok, don’t panic!
I have had these things run through my head and I have come up with a few things to make it a little easier for everyone who wishes to, throw a Teal Pumpkin Halloween.
Step 1 – Download a set of my FREE Teal Pumpkin Halloween printables below
These include a Teal Pumpkin Sign and a Halloween-themed fortune teller.
Step 2 – Print out a bunch of the Halloween-themed fortune tellers. These are your easy and FREE gift for every child who chooses a non-food treat.
Step 3 – Print out your Teal Pumpkin and have it on display so that your neighbours and Trick or Treaters know you are supporting the Teal Pumpkin Project
Step 4 – Offer a selection of chocolates, lollies and food-free treats. This has worked really well for me for the last two years. The majority of the trick-or-treaters who visited my house choose the non-food treat.
Hope this helps and that you have a wonderful Halloween celebration.
P.S. Remember, parents are entitled to at least half their kids lollies. It’s called parent tax 😊
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A Teal Pumpkin Sign and a Halloween-themed fortune teller are included in your FREE Halloween printable pack