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Teal Pumpkin Project – Some Ideas for Non-Food Treats

Teal Pumpkin Project – I saw a teal pumpkin on Facebook in 2014. This caught my attention! Why? Teal is my favorite color! So I had to dig into it more. It had a story on WBIR, a local television news station for the Knoxville, TN area.

Teal Pumpkin Project – Some Ideas for Non-Food Treats

This idea got its roots right here in East Tennessee, close to where I live.

A Teal Pumpkin tells those who are out Trick or Treating or Trunk or Treating that you cater to the Food Allergies. It got its starts from the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET) based in Maryville, TN. That you won’t give out candy that has known allergens in them. Today food allergies effect a lot children. According to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), food allergies affect 1 in every 13 children in the U.S. Most people who do the Teal Pumpkin will give other things instead of candy or treats. They will give toys or glow sticks instead.

Why Teal you ask? Teal is the color of Food Allergy Awareness, similar to pink is the color of Breast Cancer Awareness and Orange is MS Awareness.

Along with a pumpkin pained teal, put out a sign that says you are giving out non-food treats. This will allow people to know you comply.

Help save God’s children by not giving them allergen containing treats.

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The Teal Pumpkin Project

Some ideas of things to hand out instead of candy. (Non-Food Treats). Giving these it can help make Halloween safer for all children.

Teal Pumpkin Project Gift Ideas

  • Gospel Tracts (Children Appropriate & along with a gift listed below)
  • Gospel John’s
  • Bible Books
  • Glow Sticks
  • Pencils
  • Stickers
  • Games
  • Toys
  • Bubbles
  • Erasers
  • Bracelets
  • Necklaces
  • Pens
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Pencil Toppers
  • Mini Slinkies
  • Whistles
  • Kazoos
  • Noisemakers
  • Bouncy Balls
  • Finger Puppets
  • Novelty Toys
  • Coins
  • Rings
  • Fangs
  • Mini Notepads
  • Playing Cards
  • Bookmarks
  • Stencils
  • Educational items
  • Coloring books
  • Craft Kits
  • New Testament Bibles
  • Gospel bracelets
  • Wrapped Toothbrushes
  • & list can go on and on

Small Toy Caution

Note, use caution in some toys like play dough and latex items. These contain allergens. Also use caution with toys that have tiny parts as those can pose a choking hazard for really small children too.

Of course you still can give out candy, but make sure they are ones that don’t contain allergens, such as nuts, wheat, eggs, soy, shell fish, dairy, etc.

Another idea is have two bowls one with non-allergen candies and the other with toys, trinkets etc like listed above. I am not trying to ban candy at all by this post. However, I am trying to raise awareness and offering an alternative to candy or allergen containing products.

But, of course you still can give the type of candy you choose, but if you do, I ask that you make a note if your treat contains a certain type of allergy that you have a sign stating that you do. Also if you choose to do the Teal Pumpkin route, that you also can put that sign up too.

Inspired Me

After seeing The Teal Pumpkin Project, in 2014, it inspired me. Instead of giving out candy at the Trunk or Treats at my church, to give out stuff like mention above. Of course, I will be handing out Gospel of John and Tracts, but I will add something else with it, my personal preference.

For the last couple of years at Truck or Treats that my church, I hand out Christian Bracelets and a Gospel of John Booklets. The kids love the bracelets too! Most of the kids want to come back to my trunk and get another one.

So this is why Teal is the New Orange!

These same principles can be for birthday parties, parties at church or parties at school, not just Halloween time. But all the time!

Have you seen a teal pumpkin or heard of this? Do you have other ideas of what to hand out? Other feed back? I would love to hear from you.

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First published October 21, 2014. Republishing October 18, 2015. Updated and republished September 9, 2016.

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My name is Steve Patterson and I am saved through the blood of Jesus Christ. I have been blogging at Courageous Christian Father since 2012, however, I have been blogging since around 2004. At church I help with the youth, van ministry, ushering or wherever else needed. Currently, I am working on my bachelors of theology. I am a father of an adult child. I work as a graphic designer. I also love listening to nothing but Christian Music. I am an Eagle Scout class of 1994. Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle.

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  1. Sherrie: Check this out sis, Teal pumpkins & Food Allergies

  2. Sherrie L Patterson says:

    I don’t mind her getting chocolate cause I eat it lol. But I do think alternatives are a good idea.

  3. Yea but sometimes even the contact with touch can cause it and when the one touches the other stuff, it contaminates the others.

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