I was chatting with my sister today, all the way in Australia, and she let me know of an awesome initiative called the Teal Pumpkin Project. It’s an initiative that started in the States in 2012 to give kids with food allergies an alternative to traditional Halloween treats they must avoid.
Many of the goodies kids get on Halloween are full of common allergens such as peanuts, dairy, and egg, and this project allows them to revel in the fun without the fear!
Families who want to participate are encouraged to place a teal coloured pumpkin outside their door on Halloween night. This tells parents they’re handing out alternatives to potentially allergic and/or foods laden with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and other “gross” ingredients. (I know “gross” is not a technical term but for me it covers the gamut of ingredients that we can hardly pronounce never mind identify.)
Fun things will arrive in your kids treat bags from these teal pumpkin providers such as; bubbles, noise makers, stickers, glow sticks etc.
What a cool concept!
Here’s some background info of the Teal Pumpkin Project’s origin and here’s a recent news segment Teal Pumpkin Project takes scariness out of Halloween for kids with allergies.
So, for all my local Vancouver paleo parents, and those all over the globe, you may not have a kid with allergies but if you still want to limit the amount of HFCS, wheat, soy, corn, peanut (etc. etc. etc.) that might be consumed through copious amounts of halloween candy, keep your eyes pealed for the teal pumpkin smiling at you from the street.
Better yet, spread the word among your friends and families and see if our yearly orange and black celebration turns a little blue this year…in a good way ;-)