In order to raise awareness of food allergies, and to promote inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season, the FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) has created the Teal Pumpkin Project.
In order to participate, all you have to do is paint a faux or real pumpkin teal and place it outside in view so children and parents know that your house has something for kids with food allergies. You can either have an alternative option for the children with allergies, or offer the same treat to all the tricksters. Skipping the candy, you can offer small toys, stickers, or temporary tattoos to the trick-or-treaters.
Make your Teal Pumpkin the best by adding these DIY touches to your pumpkin.
- Decorate with lace
Take some of your ripped old lace tights or find some holiday lace ribbon to give your teal pumpkin a sassy attitude.
- Groovy gourds
With faux pumpkins, a marbling kit, and different shades of teal paint, you can turn your pumpkin into a glistening and groovy gourd.
- Pumpkin piñata
Another fun, candy free treat would be mini pumpkin piñatas to put in kids’ bags. Or, as a fun and innovative decoration, create your own pumpkin piñata to decorate your house.
- Peek-a-boo pumpkin
Hallow out a real or faux pumpkin and create a festive Halloween diorama.
- Bedazzle it
Adorn your faux pumpkin in teal beads and glitter with cute patterns to make your pumpkin stand out in the night.
- Pumpkin planter
Why should the orange pumpkins attract all the attention? Create a season planter with a faux pumpkin that can be used throughout the fall every year.
- Pompom pumpkin
Everything’s better when you add pompoms. Find different shades of blue and teal, then stick those pompoms all over your pumpkin to give it some character.
- Fabric covered foam
Instead of buying a faux or real pumpkin, create a foam pumpkin and decorate it with fabric, ribbon, and sequins.
- Eyes on teal
The whole pumpkin doesn’t have to be teal! Do your normal family’s pumpkin tradition but paint some teal polka dots on one of them and glue googly eyes on those dots.
- Tinted teal
If pumpkins aren’t part of your fall theme, tinting glassware with food coloring could be a fun DIY. Add cute jack-o-lantern stickers to put a face on that glass.
For ideas and more tips on DIY Teal Pumpkins, visit http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/holidays/halloween-jack-o-lantern-ideas-for-the-teal-pumpkin-project-pictures