Teal is my favourite colour. Somewhere between blue, green and aquamarine; it reminds me of swimming in exotic oceans.
Recently though it has gained a much more important meaning. It has come to symbolise inclusion, awareness and safety for food allergies.
The Teal pumpkin project started in America and is slowly spreading to the UK. It involves leaving a teal coloured pumpkin outside your house to show that you have non-food treats available.
Halloween, like most holidays and celebrations, is a difficult time for children living with food allergies. Treats are shared, usually sweets and chocolate, and it is tricky for them to safely join in with their friends. J is two and a half this year and much more aware of what his friends are doing and wanting to do the same. The teal pumpkin project means he doesn’t need to be excluded from trick and treating.
Sadly there have been some negative responses to this brilliant project and I wrote last year about how my son is not trying to ruin your Halloween.
We have painted our pumpkin, brought our non-food treats and will be happily awaiting any trick or treaters. Even though, living down a long farm track, we really only get people we already know very well!!
However, it is important to spread the word about the teal pumpkin project and the inclusive message that it promotes.
Here a some ideas for non-food Halloween treats. What’s your favourite?