The Teal Pumpkin Project {Plus 25+ Non-Food Treat Ideas!}

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My plan for today's post was to give out a list of non-food treats to hand out to trick-or-treaters this Halloween. But while I was browsing the web for creative ideas, I came across something awesome... The Teal Pumpkin Project! FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) has started a campaign that encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies by providing non-food treats for trick-or-treaters and painting a pumpkin teal - the color of food allergy awareness - to place in front of their house along with a free printable sign to indicate they have non-food treats available. Isn't that great?!

Now personally, my husband and I aren't really into Halloween. Of all the holidays, it's probably in the bottom three. Back when we weren't on the GAPS diet, we'd definitely enjoy devouring those boxes of mini chocolate bars, but the holiday itself wasn't a big deal to us. So when we had kids and decided to live healthier lives, it was easy just to avoid Halloween altogether. And since discovering that our kids have various food allergies and intolerances (including peanuts, gluten and dairy)... well, avoiding trick-or-treating is actually necessary.

As our daughters get older, I know that they will want to be involved in the things their friends are doing. So I am very happy to have see the Teal Pumpkin Project raise awareness of food allergies and make trick-or-treating a healthier experience for our kids.

I know I am not alone in this.

“Food allergy is a serious medical condition affecting up to 15 million people in the United States, including 1 in 13 children.”

— FARE

So what can you do?

  1. Download a Teal Pumpkin Project flyer to hand out to the people in your community
  2. Share the images below and use #TealPumpkinProject
  3. Make your own Teal Pumpkin, print off a sign, and purchase non-food treats (see list below)
  4. Have fun and get your kids excited!

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Here's a list of non-food treats to hand out:

You can find a lot of these items at your local dollar store, but I've linked to Amazon for a lot of these items because they are so much cheaper. You should be able to find items to match your budget. If you want a variety pack of items, I found this great assortment of 157 Halloween novelties for only $16.95So even if you're one of those neighbourhoods who gets hundreds of kids coming to your door, it shouldn't affect your budget to go with non-food treats.

Also, if you're like me and you prefer to live a little greener and avoid being wasteful, you can choose items like pencils and bookmarks that will get used over and over again (hopefully) before being thrown away!

Plus, you don't have to go with completely non-food treats. Having just a handful of non-food treats will be such a blessing to those kids who do have allergies :)

I really hope to see this Teal Pumpkin Project become mainstream very soon! If you're interested in helping to spread the word, download FARE's flyer and hand it out around your neighbourhood.

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Are you participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project by handing out non-food treats this Halloween? If so, leave a comment and let me know what you're planning on handing out and what city you're from!