A few weeks ago, I bounced back and forth from JoAnn Fabric's and Michael's looking for poster frames.  When I walked into each of those stores, I was so excited to see that both of these retailers has a huge selection of artificial teal pumpkins of all shapes and sizes!

The pumpkins aren't a new flash in the pan trend for 2019. They are actually part of an initiative started by the Food Allergy Research & Education non-profit.  Your child may be lucky enough not to have any allergies to the ingredients in some of the most popular Halloween candies, but chances they have a classmate that may be allergic to milk, chocolate, peanut and other allergens hidden on the wrapper.  For those kiddos, trick or treating can be a real bummer where they feel like they've been left out because they can't accept those treats.

That's where the "Teal Pumpkin Project" comes in! FARE encourages homeowners to select a more inclusive non-food trick or treat item to pass out.  Homeowners choosing to do that can mark their home as a safe place for kids with food allergies by placing a teal colored pumpkin or jack-o-lantern on their doorstep.

Want to participate, but not sure what a non-food trick or treat items kids would love? FARE suggests these to make your house a hit!

  • Halloween Erasers or Pencil Toppers
  • Glow sticks, bracelets or necklaces
  • Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
  • Bubbles
  • Whistles, Kazoos or Noisemakers
  • Bookmarks
  • Bouncy Balls
  • Mini Notepads
  • Playing Cards
  • Stickers
  • Coins (my neighbor that handed out quarters ever year was my favorite house in the neighborhood!)
  • Stencils
  • Silly Straws
  • Finger Puppets
  • Vampire Fangs
  • Spider Rings

Teal Pumpkin Inspiration

If you'd love to participate but don't have a ton of spare time to paint and create your teal pumpkin masterpiece, here's some fun teal pumpkin products I found on Amazon, Michael's and JoAnn's website.  The two craft stores have a much bigger selection in stores!

Image via Michael's
Image via Michael's
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Image via Michaels
Image via JoAnnFabrics
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Image via Amazon, SCS Direct
Image via Amazon, SCS Direct
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Image via Amazon/Big Dot of Happiness
Image via Amazon/Big Dot of Happiness
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Image via Amazon/Allergy Superheroes
Image via Amazon/Allergy Superheroes
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Image via Amazon/Allergy Superheroes
Image via Amazon/Allergy Superheroes
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