#TealPumpkinProject & Pumpkin Carving

#TealPumpkinProject and Pumpkin Carvings!

Happy Halloween! 

Today, we’re talking about the Teal Pumpkin Project- an initiative that began with FACET (Food Allergy Community of Eastern Tennessee). This year, it’s spread across the United States through FARE (Food Allergy Resource and Education) and major media coverage by networks such as CNN.

So, what is the Teal Pumpkin Project?

#TealPumpkinProject & Pumpkin Carving
My Teal Pumpkin!

The idea behind the project is simple, hand out non-food treats at your home to help trick-or-treaters with food allergies have a safe Halloween. To let individuals know that you’re participating, all you need to do is paint a pumpkin teal and hang up a sign! It’s that simple! (Plus, you can still hand out candy too, but please store it in a separate bin.)

My experience with the Teal Pumpkin Project is documented in the YouTube video below! I know, I’m learning how to use more forms of social media, so please check it out! I’d love any feedback you have too.

How can I participate?!

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Ideas for non-food treats from FARE

Follow the steps in the video, or on this great flyer put together by FARE.

  1. Paint a pumpkin teal. If you don’t have a pumpkin to paint, just print out one of FAREs flyers!
  2. Let your neighbors know you’re participating! (You can hang out a sign, or pass out flyers.)
  3. Hand out non-food treats on Halloween. (This can be in addition to candy, just store them separately!)

How do I carve the pumpkin?!

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Uh Oh…

Did you like my carving?! While I have no background in design, the pumpkin appears to be structurally sound. So, if you want to use the same design, you can download it here. And, since my adorable pup ate my first pumpkin, I took pictures while re-carving, so we now have a step-by-step Pumpkin Carving Guide!

  1. Cut out the top of the pumpkin. Leave a notch and smoke hole (if you’re using a traditional candle)! #TealPumpkinProject & Pumpkin Carving
  2. Scoop out the inside of the pumpkin!#TealPumpkinProject & Pumpkin Carving
  3. Poke holes through your print-out to outline the design on the pumpkin! #TealPumpkinProject & Pumpkin CarvingScreen Shot 2014-10-29 at 5.06.05 PM
  4. Carve! (Once it’s done if you want to make the outer bubble design larger to let out more light you can too.)#TealPumpkinProject & Pumpkin Carving#TealPumpkinProject & Pumpkin Carving
  5. Place a candle inside! (Did you remember to cut the smoke hole?)

    #TealPumpkinProject & Pumpkin Carving
    I actually received this candle in my blogger goody bag at the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo in Springfield, MA last weekend!
  6. Place next to your teal pumpkin and Teal Pumpkin Project Sign! Don’t forget to offer out non-food treats on Halloween!#TealPumpkinProject & Pumpkin Carving

It’s that simple! Just don’t let your pup eat the pumpkin!

Recap of Teal Pumpkin Project Resources

Have any more resources that you would like me to add to the list?! Include them in the comments below!

It’s important to note that some awesome people (like one of my aunts) have been handing out non-food treats alongside candy for years too. This project is a great way to get more people involved! What’s your favorite non-food treat that would be perfect to hand out this Halloween?

Hope Y’all Have a Happy, Safe, and Spooky Halloween!

P.S: You won’t want to miss yesterday’s post covering three fruity Halloween treats!

Three Fruity Halloween Treats (GF, V)
Three Fruity Halloween Treats!

24 thoughts on “#TealPumpkinProject and Pumpkin Carvings!

    1. I love the Teal Pumpkin Project too! It’s great because you can buy so many small treats in bulk today to make it more cost effective, and the teal pumpkin takes seconds to print off. Let me know if you end up buying any non-food treats. I’d love to hear what you picked! 🙂

  1. Okay, you are SO cute with the bippity, bioptic, boop! Your pumpkin carving skills are seriously spot on, the words are always so hard! AND I CAN’T BELIEVE YOUR DOG ATE IT. my goodness! and i love your use of so many fun effects with video, i applaud you cause i can’t do half of that jazz!

    1. Thanks, Amber! I know!! She ate the jack-o-lantern within an hour! But, I ended up having a fun time re-carving it. 🙂

      The hardest part to design was definitely the hashtag! At first I wanted to have the letters glowing, but unfortunately, I don’t know how to make the middle of the # float. Wingardium Leviosa didn’t work for me. 😦

      Happy Halloween!!

    1. Thanks, Julie! She’s a mischievous pup, but I love her nonetheless. It was the first time one of our dogs has ever eaten a pumpkin (or even attempted)! This was the first time I made my own pumpkin design, so I was pretty excited that it didn’t collapse! Hope you had a great Halloween. 😀

  2. I love this, such a great way to make sure all kids can enjoy halloween. I remember reading a story about two parents of a child who had a particular allergy (can’t remember what the allergy was now) and they went around their neighbourhood the night before halloween and gave all their neighbours a special treat for them to hand out to their kid so she could safely enjoy trick-or-treating, which I thought was really sweet. But this project is great for all kids!

    1. Thanks, Michelle! There are a few strategies parents who have kids with food allergies use, but pre-delivering treats to neighbors is one of the ones I’ve heard of the most! Also, a lot of parents do a trading program with safe candies when the kids return home, assuming they’re old enough to know not to eat them (and don’t have a contact allergy).

      This project is really sweet because it began in Eastern Tennesse, but I’ve seen a lot of neighborhoods doing it together to help out a kid (or multiple kids) with food allergies. Hopefully, it will spread to more neighborhoods next year! 😀

    1. Awh, thank you so much! I’m glad that we can help everyone feel included through the Teal Pumpkin Project. And, hopefully, the lavender scent of the candle will help to set the mood as well. 😀

    1. Woohoo! I can’t wait to see what you bring to this FF! And, thank you so much, I’m definitely going to revamp my Teal Pumpkin Project up again next year too. 🙂

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