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The Teal Pumpkin Project started last year and has grown to over 15 million people signed up.  Trick-or-treaters will know, by seeing the Teal Pumpkin on your porch that you have allergy-free treats.  Since we try to avoid artificial dyes for my son due to his ADHD and that means me picking through the candy bag before he can have any, I thought this would be a great idea for anyone with food allergies.  Some are more severe than others.  You can check out The Teal Pumpkin Project on Facebook or follow the Hashtag: #TealPumpkinProject

Maybe next year they’ll create a map of the signups where trick-or-treaters will know the houses they can go to.

Some ideas for non-food treats to hand out:

  • Stickers.
  • Pencils.
  • Spider Rings.
  • Halloween Erasers.
  • Glow sticks.


Check out how we got our Pumpkins from Garden to Porch.

I love gardening but have mostly small, long planters in my yard.  There is one in the front yard that has a rose bush at each end and nothing in the middle.  In spring my dad mentioned it was the perfect place (south facing, lots of sun exposure) to plant pumpkins.  I bought a six-pack of seedlings from the local nursery of Giant Pumpkins and planted them.  The plant spread out like crazy.  I watered as much as I remembered to. Not always enough but the plants survived California’s hot summer.a 5


One week it was super hot and some of the leaves actually looked burnt.  But the pumpkins were growing.  Out of six plants only three pumpkins grew. Perfect for our family of three.

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 The definitely were not ‘giant’ pumpkins but this was my first time.  I’m guessing I didn’t water enough.  Maybe need more nutrients.  I’ll read up more for next spring.  We harvested them this week since the stems were brown and looked almost dead.

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They were quiet sticky (not sure if that is normal) and a little dirty so I washed them off and let them air dry and then we got out some paint and brushes.

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We used acrylic paints and a wide brush so paint the whole pumpkin.  It took quiet a while to dry but I love the color and it spread out nice and evenly.p 4

 Once it was almost dry (just a little sticky to the touch) we added some large googly eyes and then set it out in the sun to fully dry. p 1

 We then got some spider rings and rubber eraser ghosts.  For the rings we cut off the loop part to make them easier to glue just the spider. The erasers seemed a little heavy, so some slid down the pumpkin and we had to reglue and hold in place for a few seconds for the glue to set better.p 8 p 7

 Daeton helped me with this fun project.  He even added a rubber bat and centipede to the top of the pumpkin.

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 Our finished pumpkin.  Ready on the porch for The Teal Pumpkin Project.

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 What are ideas you have for non-food items to put out for Trick-or-Treaters?

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