Tomorrow is the big day- the day we show communities all over the world through our teal pumpkins, signs, posters and flyers that we won’t let food allergies get in the way of allowing all children to enjoy the traditions of Halloween!
We’ve had a blast reading all of your stories and seeing your photos of how you’ve helped spread awareness of the Teal Pumpkin Project® this year. It’s safe to say that year three of the Teal Pumpkin Project has been an enormous success!
Below are a handful of some of our favorite Teal Pumpkin Project fans that have gone above and beyond this year in helping get the word out! Know of any extraordinary Teal Pumpkin Project activities in your area? Let us know in the comments.
- The students in this second-grade classroom had a full day of learning the meaning of teal pumpkins with a fun math worksheet revolving around teal pumpkins, with TEAL standing for “To Enrich A Life” in order to tie into the classroom’s virtue of the month, “goodness.” The day ended with each receiving FARE’s “Be A Pal” certificates, stickers, pencils and their own teal pumpkin with a package of non-food treats to take home.
- We love this fun educational video that’s helping raise awareness for the Teal Pumpkin Project from Dartmouth-Hitchcock!
- After losing a friend to a fatal allergic reaction, high school senior Lindsey Stento searched for ways to raise more awareness about for food allergies and found the Teal Pumpkin Project. Last year, she was able to acquire 50 pumpkins at a discounted rate and gathered a group of friends together to paint and distribute them throughout her neighborhood. “There was one on every doorstep,” she said proudly. This year, she went a step further and managed to get 100 pumpkins, all donated!
- During their monthly meeting, the Brownies of Troop 434 painted small teal pumpkins to spread awareness of food allergies!
- The Girl Scouts of Troop 40977 also got in on the action and collected small gifts and painted 53 pumpkins!
- What a great looking car from this high performance driving enthusiast!
- First-grader Henry Nowik came up with the idea to use a teal pumpkin as the head of his scarecrow for a local fair and scarecrow festival. His scarecrow won second place at the fair! It was the public’s response, though, that made Henry even happier, his mom said. “I feel like we reached out to a lot of people,” she said. “Lots of people asked about it.” Henry will be donating his prize money to FARE! Thank you for the support, Henry!
- The students of this Barre Studio came together to get “real about TEAL pumpkins” to help us spread the message that everyone should feel included on Halloween night! Thanks, ladies!
- After hearing about the Teal Pumpkin Project at a 4-H speech contest, Kyleigh Merrick decided this was one way she could help make a difference for her friends and family with food allergies and work on a 4-H project at the same time. “I did a lot of research about the Teal Pumpkin Project and I joined the website,” she said. “One of my main 4-H projects is public speaking and this gave me an opportunity to share information about it and help people understand the dangers of food allergies.”
- What a fantastic looking mailbox!
- Arieana first learned about the Teal Pumpkin Project by watching “Girl Meets World”, in which one of the show’s stars August Maturo lives with food allergies. “He’s nine and he has food allergies. He’s the face of the project. I saw that and thought, whoa, this is kind of perfect,” she said about the FARE ambassador. Now, with two cousins also living with food allergies who can eat nearly no type of candy, Arieana is working to raise awareness of the project in her high school and neighborhood.
- School nurse Kelley Stenton gave her third-grade classes a 40-minute lesson on the Teal Pumpkin Project that ended with each student painting their own teal pumpkin to participate in the project themselves and to spread the word in the community!
- These Pre-K students also got involved with their school nurse to raise awareness of food allergies and promote inclusion of all trick-or-treaters!
- Mar decided to set up a booth at her school district’s “Halloween Mania” event in support of”Girl Meets World” actor and FARE ambassador Auggie Maturo and food allergy awareness! “I thought it would be a great idea to have the kids paint pumpkins teal to help bring awareness to food allergies! It was a wonderful turn out, and the little kids were really excited to paint a pumpkin teal!”
Blanka created the “Paint a Pumpkin Teal” event to help teach children that teal represents the color of food allergies. “We teach them ways they can help someone that suffers from food allergies, and they also take the Teal Pumpkin Project Pledge. After that I tell them they now have become Ambassadors of the Teal Pumpkin Project and they can go on spreading the word,” she said.Here is her son, Michael, who lives with food allergies, helping out at the event!
- In Findlay, Ohio this family walked in their local Halloween Parade to raise awareness for food allergies. In a crowd of over 5,000 people, they handed out more than 2,000 teal bracelets and 1,000 flyers about the Teal Pumpkin Project! Their group was also able to make a donation to FARE on behalf of everyone living with food allergies. Amazing work! Thank you for your support!
- Kiefer wants to send a few “prizes” to show his appreciation for those participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project! You can show him your teal pumpkin by Tweeting a selfie of your pumpkin or non-food treasures to @MOWinegrad – you just might win!
Last, but not least, we’d like to send a huge shout-out to everyone who incorporated the Teal Pumpkin Project at trick-or-treat events, farmers markets, craft shows and classrooms across the country. We were also incredibly excited to spot teal pumpkins at zoos, museums, doctors’ offices, shopping malls and other public spaces. Lastly, we would like to thank all the parents and kids who shared the impact of the campaign on social media as well as with journalists from coast to coast who helped raise awareness of this important initiative!