Since becoming a Mum, some of our festivals have taken on a difference significance to me - and to be honest I'd had Halloween filed away as one I probably didn't need to worry about (aside from a cute costume) for a few years. And then I realised that if Harry doesn't grow out of his allergies Halloween will not just need a cute costume, but a bottle of Piriton and a stash of Chamomile tea for me. I'll be that Mummy, sorting through his sweeties, telling him he can't have them and giving most of it to M. And that got me to thinking - he's not the only one with food allergies - what do the other mamas do?
Which is where Teal pumpkins come into play. In the US they're used to indicate that the house has non-food items that can be given out especially for children with food allergies. I've never seen it over here at all but would like to. So, I'm asking anyone who would normally put out a pumpkin, and have a bowl of sweeties for the trick or treaters to put out a second, Teal Pumpkin and have a second bowl of non food gifts. We're definitely not talking expensive things here - pop to the pound shop and stock up on some plastic goodies, but have something as an alternative if someone pops to your door dressed as a terrifying 5 year old witch but has a nut allergy.
I used Dulux bathroom paint as I thought it'd be a bit more long wearing in the shade Teal touch (also it only cost £1.55 in B&Q). A tester pot did my little pumpkin beautifully. Of course you can carve yours, but I have a huge skills gap in the pumpkin carving arena!
I'm asking you to join with me using Social Media - let's make 2015 the year Halloween becomes inclusive. Comment below and Tag me on Instagram Facebook or Twitter - using the hashtag #TealPumpkinProjectuk Show me your pumpkins - your treat bowls and lets all enjoy Halloween without the stress and worry. I'll share and retweet all I see and do a round up at the start of November to say thank you to everyone for joining in.