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Teal Pumpkin Project

By: Molly Rupert, Recreation Coordinator
Date Published: Tuesday, October 3, 2017
 

IF YOUR HOUSEHOLD IS PARTICIPATING IN THE TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT THIS BEGGAR'S NIGHT, PLEASE CONTACT MOLLY AT mrupert@cityofbondurant.com WITH YOUR ADDRESS SO THAT A MAP CAN BE MADE. THANKS!

Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you have non-food treats available, such as glow sticks or small toys. This simple act promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions. Last year, almost 18,000 households from all 50 states participated. 

Available at dollar stores, party supply stores, or online shops, these low-cost items can be purchased and handed out to all trick-or-treaters, or made available in a separate bowl from candy if you choose to hand out both options. Nearly all of these items can be found in a Halloween theme or festive colors.

  • Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
  • Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
  • Bubbles
  • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
  • Mini Slinkies
  • Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
  • Bouncy balls
  • Finger puppets or novelty toys
  • Coins
  • Spider rings
  • Vampire fangs
  • Mini notepads
  • Playing cards
  • Bookmarks
  • Stickers
  • Stencils

ARE THERE ANY NON-FOOD TREATS THAT I SHOULD AVOID? 

There are a few considerations when choosing which non-food items to hand out. First, some non-food items still contain food allergens, such as some brands of moldable clay, which may contain wheat. Additionally, try to choose latex-free items, as there are children who have latex allergies.

CAN I STILL PASS OUT CANDY? 

Sure – just do it safely! The point of the Teal Pumpkin Project® is to make trick-or-treating as inclusive as possible. You can keep the experience safe by keeping your food treats and non-food treats in separate bowls.

IF I’M HANDING OUT CANDY AND NON-FOOD TREATS, HOW DO I DETERMINE WHICH TREAT TO GIVE TO EACH TRICK-OR-TREATER?

You can either ask trick-or-treaters if they have any food allergies, or give every visitor a choice of which treat they’d like: candy or a non-food item.

DO KIDS REALLY LIKE NON-FOOD TREATS? 

They don’t just like them, they love them! Finding a unique treat at your house will be a fun surprise. Glow bracelets, for example, are a great option. They are inexpensive, kids can wear them throughout the night, and parents are appreciative because they help make kids more visible after nightfall. Other non-food items, such as pencils and stickers, can be used at home and at school long after candy has run out or expired.