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Teal Pumpkins at Halloween: What Do They Mean?

October 5, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmaggie @ 6:04 pm
a teal pumpkin next to an orange pumpkin

When you think about Halloween decorations, one of the most prominent is pumpkins. Often orange or white, they can be used in countless ways to create a festive and even spooky vibe for anyone who may be walking by your house. But as the big event approaches and children prepare to dress up as their favorite superheroes, princesses, and mythical creatures, you might consider throwing another color into the mix. Keep reading to learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project and how you can help kids of all ages enjoy a safer and healthier Halloween.

What is the Teal Pumpkin Project?

The Teal Pumpkin Project was started in 2012 by FACET, which is a food allergy group based in Tennessee. With more than 5 million children suffering from some sort of food-based allergen, it can be difficult to ensure these kids have an enjoyable holiday when so many of the candies handed out contain harmful ingredients.

The idea behind the Teal Pumpkin Project is to raise awareness about food allergies and provide trick-or-treaters with non-candy alternatives to enjoy. Instead of filling up their bags with sweet treats that may be harmful (i.e., nuts, chocolate, etc.), this signals that you are a home that offers a safer option.

Whether you choose to avoid candy altogether or provide a separate bowl with inclusive options is up to you.

What Kinds of Non-Candy Options Can Be Provided?

While the choice is ultimately yours as to what you plan to pass out on Halloween night, there are various options to choose from that will put a smile on any kid’s face. These might include:

  • Glow sticks (i.e., bracelets, necklaces)
  • Stickers
  • Bouncy balls
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Mini notepads or pens
  • Vampire teeth
  • Novelty Halloween rings or glasses
  • Bubbles
  • Mini activity notebooks
  • Halloween pens, pencils, and erasers
  • Bottles of water

Halloween can be a fun holiday for all ages, even if candy isn’t involved. Decide to do something different this year and participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project. This ensures that everyone, no matter their age, receives a treat they can enjoy.

About the Author
Dr. Maggie Davis earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at the University of Florida. As the chief pediatric resident, she graduated fourth in her class. As a board-certified pediatric dentist and diplomate in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, she helps to lead a team of professional hygienists, assistants, and administrative staff who are eager to provide helpful tips and recommendations when it comes to preparing for candy-filled holidays. If you want to find ways to keep your child from developing cavities this Halloween, call our office at (727) 786-7551 or visit our website.

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