Halloween can be tough for the 4 million children affected by food allergies. Trick-or-treating means giving up majority of your candy because it may be full of peanuts, milk, or soy. The Teal Pumpkin Project was started in 2014 by F.A.R.E.. Teal pumpkins on doorsteps (or in black Halloween trees) let kids and parents know that this house is giving out something other than candy. As a parent of a child with a peanut allergy, this cause and these teal pumpkins are near and dear to my heart. This Halloween, consider stocking up on temporary tattoos, pencils, stickers, and a teal pumpkin. If you want to take it a step further like I did, decorate an entire Halloween tree to show your support.
For this Teal Pumpkin Project themed Halloween tree, I started with a Treetopia Tuxedo Black Christmas Tree. This tree is not only perfect for Halloween, (check it out in 2015 and 2016) it is also great for Christmas. As with most trees, the devil is in the details. Sure this black tree is full of traditional Halloween colors like orange, purple, and green-but it is the DIY teal pumpkin ornaments that really drive the point home.
Teal ornaments are easily transformed into teal pumpkins with the help of black craft foam cut into the shapes of jack-o-lantern features. The ornaments are also accented by DIY Teal Pumpkins stuffed inside the tree branches that I have made through the years. The Teal Pumpkin Project is a big deal around our house! Remember the black and white striped Halloween pumpkin ornaments? They are back and another perfect accent for the tree. Topping things off are DIY Witch Ornaments.
This year, please consider putting out a teal pumpkin on your doorstop. Here are some ideas about candy free goodies for trick-or-treaters to get you inspired. I’ll have teal pumpkins inside and out, as well as on my Halloween tree.