We’re thrilled that thousands of families in all 50 states and 10 countries will be offering non-food options to trick-or-treaters this Halloween as a part of the Teal Pumpkin Project™. For kids with food allergies, diabetes and other conditions, this simple act means the world. Here are a few thoughts from people who have been positively affected by the Teal Pumpkin Project’s mission to create a safer, happier Halloween for all.
“I absolutely love it. Even since last year so many more people know about this. And it makes my heart so very warm.” Amanda Jo R.
“Amazing initiative. It’s hard for kids to have food allergies, as they often feel ‘different’ to others. I speak from experience and for my little child.” Jennalee D.
“Gives me hope for the future, for my daughter and kids with food allergies.” Ana-Maria M.
“I’d like to say thank you to all who take time to put a teal pumpkin out and get allergy free treats. From a mom with a child that has food allergies, I’d just like you to know how much it means to know people care! Thank you from me and my daughter!” Bobbie R.
“If our son had a food allergy, we’d probably take him trick or treating but go through his candy carefully and take away the 85% he couldn’t eat. He’d probably be used to that. After all, every day we’d be telling him what he couldn’t eat at class snack time, at baseball games, when going to birthday parties. I think he’d learn to appreciate our caution, as it would potentially save his life, and he’d learn to be careful. I’m sure parents of allergic kids have a stash of safe candy to give to their own kids and they create their own Halloween fun, but I love the idea of helping to make Halloween more fun for kids with food allergies. If it was my son, I would be enormously grateful that someone thought about him. It would probably even make me tear up. That’s why I’m excited about teal pumpkins.” Brad A. (source)
“I think that the Teal Pumpkin campaign is an amazing idea. I am a diabetic myself so Halloween was always a downer for me as I couldn’t eat a single food item from Halloween growing up. This is a great alternative to make Halloween fun for everyone.” Kelsey L.
“It made my night last year when a little boy and his dad came to our house – the little boy grabbed a couple of stickers and was SO excited! His dad explained the boy had food allergies and each year they end up donating all of his candy. He went on to say how excited his son was to have something he could keep! I told the man that we were supporting the teal pumpkin project because our son also had several food allergies. The look on that little boy’s face was something that I will never forget! While our family initially supported the project for our son, I realized quickly this was for all children with any dietary restriction for any reason. We did not see any other teal pumpkins in our neighborhood, but there were a couple of houses with non-food treats. My son was over-the-moon with the glow sticks and sticky eyeballs and fangs he received. We have certainly encouraged friends and family, local and long distance to join us this year and look forward to hearing many more stories of delighted children that can enjoy their evening and non-food treats!” Heather K.
“I love this idea! Even though my daughter does not have food allergies I understand the seriousness of them. This is a great way to include all children in the Halloween festivities!” Kim V.
“I decided to turn this great idea into a lesson in empathy – what does it mean to have a food allergy? My kids had very little knowledge about food allergies, so after some research, we learned a lot as we sat down to paint our pumpkin teal. We are happy and so excited to support the campaign again this year, and are even planning a Teal Pumpkin Party!” Tracy A.
“I am the mother of a 16-month-old little boy who is allergic to what feels like everything. I am so touched by the Teal Pumpkin Project. I was about to cancel Halloween for him because of his allergies.” Danielle H.