The Teal Pumpkin Project

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teal projectHalloween is right around the corner and children everywhere are looking forward to celebrating in some way. Unfortunately, children with food allergies miss out on the full Halloween experience as most types of candy are off-limits to them. In light of this, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) has created the Teal Pumpkin Project to make sure all children will come home from trick-or-treating with something to enjoy.

The Teal Pumpkin Project, founded in 2014, is a movement whose goal is to create a safer and happier Halloween by raising food allergy awareness and encouraging the availability of non-food alternatives for children. Last year, households from all 50 U.S. states and 14 countries around the globe participated in the movement.

To take part in the Teal Pumpkin Project, follow these simple steps:

  1. Place a teal painted pumpkin in front of your home to signify that you are participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project and have non-food items available for trick-or-treaters. You can paint pumpkin cutouts to store and use them year after year. Many stores now carry teal plastic pumpkins as well.
  2. Display a sign in your window to explain the meaning of the teal pumpkin. Click here to find printable signs from FARE.
  3. Provide trick-or-treaters with fun non-food items such as glow sticks, stickers, bubbles, and bouncy balls. To view a more extensive list of non-food options, click here.

Along with the Teal Pumpkin Project, many people choose to give out treats that are considered “allergen-free,” meaning they do not contain the eight common food allergens responsible for 90% of reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, soy, wheat, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish. For a list of these treats, click here.

Watch the video below to learn more about celebrating Halloween this year with Teal Pumpkin Project.


Make Your House a Spooky Stop This Halloween

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Little children trick or treatingAre you ready for Halloween? This year, make sure you have the spookiest and most festive home on the block! Follow these five steps to make your house an amazing stop for trick-or-treaters.

Understand your audience – Gauge your level of scariness based on the age of the children you are expecting to trick-or-treat at your home. You may want to tone it down if most of the children are young, but if you have a neighborhood full of older kids, spookier is better!

Choose a theme – When decorating, choose a theme and stick to it. This will have the biggest impact! Maybe you want your home to look like a haunted house or you’d like to create a scary science lab. Whatever you choose, Halloween is one of the best holidays to be resourceful with decorations! Click here for some great Halloween decorating ideas.

Dress the part – When you see children at your home, you want to make sure you are dressed to match your theme. Whether you are dressed as a butler, mad scientist, vampire, or something else, it will tie the decorations together and give your home the full Halloween effect.

Stay safe – You may have the scariest yard in the neighborhood, but it is still important to keep it safe. Be certain that stairs and walkways are well-lit and that there are no obstructions that could cause someone to trip.

Have treats for everyone – We know that the biggest drawing card for kids is candy, so make sure you have treats for everyone! You may consider being part of the Teal Pumpkin Project and offering non-candy alternatives for those with food allergies. Non-food treats are easy to find at stores such as Target and Walmart, or on Amazon!

We hope you enjoy the holidays with your neighbors! If trick-or-treating at different homes has you wishing your home was bigger, or if you need more space, I would be happy to help answer questions you may have about securing a home loan.