10.24.2015

Keep it Teal: the Teal Pumpkin Project

Teal Ombre Pumpkin with Glitter & Teal Mummy Pumpkin by Making it Milk-free | Teal Pumpkin Project | makingitmilkfree.com

If you haven't heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project yet, you're probably living under a rock. I kid...sort of. The Teal Pumpkin Project has been all over social media this fall. The campaign was launched in 2014 by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) to raise awareness of food allergies. It also is a way to encourage others to include people with food allergies in the fun of trick-or-treating on Halloween by handing out non-food items instead of just candy, which many with allergies are unable to fully enjoy. Find out more about how you can participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project™.



My family participated last year by painting a pumpkin and displaying it on our front step. In lieu of candy, we handed out fun, non-food items like pencils, stickers, and bracelets. I was a little nervous before Halloween arrived that the kids trick-or-treating would be decide to avoid our house because they were not getting candy, partially because we live in a small town and I hadn't seen or heard of anyone else in our whole town who knew about the project or was planning to participate.

Once the night arrived though, I was really pleased to hear the number of kids who expressed how much they really liked what we handed out. I was even more surprised and excited to find a neighbor who had a teal pumpkin on their porch and were handing out cups with our school's mascot on them. What a neat idea!

There are so many non-food options out there. You can find a list of suggested items here but the list is really endless. I found a lot of fun, Halloween-themed items at Target this year and we are ready to go! 

Non-food Treats for Halloween | Teal Pumpkin Project | makingitmilkfree.com

As for the pumpkin, I decided to create a couple of new ones. The one we had last year was a plastic pumpkin so I can reuse it each year if needed. I have it a bit of a makeover, but I am more excited about our new ones! 

Teal Ombre Pumpkin with Glitter by Making it Milk-free | Teal Pumpkin Project | makingitmilkfree.com

This teal ombre pumpkin with iridescent glitter was actually simpler than I thought it would be. I just painted three wide, horizontal stripes in varying shades of acrylic paint, then blended them together with a foam paintbrush until they looked like I wanted. Once it was dry, I sprayed the top of the pumpkin lightly with spray adhesive and sprinkled glitter on top. 

Teal Mummy Pumpkin by Making it Milk-free | Teal Pumpkin Project | makingitmilkfree.com

As for our little mummy guy, I painted him teal and once it was completely dry, I used craft glue to attach strips of gauze around it until I was happy with it. Rolls of gauze are super cheap too. I used one 5-yard roll of 2-inch wide gauze that cost $1.78. Then I glued on the googly eyes and he was all set!

Teal Ombre Pumpkin with Glitter by Making it Milk-free | Teal Pumpkin Project | makingitmilkfree.com

Creating our teal pumpkins was really fun and very inexpensive. It is such a cute way to raise awareness and definitely gets people talking.

Are you participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project™ this year? 

Have you created your teal pumpkin yet? If so, So Delicious Dairy Free is hosting a photo contest in October to support Kids With Food Allergies’ “Keep It Teal” campaign!

For every photo uploaded with #KeepItTeal to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram during the month of October, they will donate $3 to Kids with Food Allergies (KFA). Additionally, one lucky winner will receive $300 for their photo! They will also select 3 runners-up to receive 10 VIP coupons redeemable for So Delicious treats.

Rules:

1. Snap a photo showing us how you support the #KeepItTeal movement (e.g,. your teal pumpkin or non-food treats)

2. Upload your photo to Instagram between 10/12-10/31/2015
3. Include a description of your photo
4. Include the hashtag #KeepItTeal
5. Tag So Delicious and Kids With Food Allergies in your post
6. Please limit one entry per person per day
7. Winners will be selected by a committee at So Delicious Dairy Free. All winners will be contacted individually by November 6, 2015.

KFA is a foundation that educates families and communities with strategies to manage food allergies provides kids and parents with practical information and the tools they need to live well and happily. KFA helps save lives and make every day more fun for everyone. Help KFA #KeepItTeal this October!

This post was sponsored by So Delicious Dairy Free. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone. 
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