It's The Great Teal Pumpkin!
Have you ever wondered where all these teal pumpkins come from? East Tennessee--that’s where.
That’s not to say there’s a teal pumpkin farm outside Chattanooga, but that the teal pumpkin concept was started by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET) and its Founder and Director, Becky Basalone.
As stated on the joinfacet.com web site, “The idea was to paint a pumpkin teal and place it on your front porch signifying that nonfood treats are available on Halloween night.” Many people think the idea was merely to highlight the need for allergy-friendly snacks for food-allergic kids, but the real goal was to move away from snacks entirely and focus on nonfood items.
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) partnered with FACET to increase awareness of the teal pumpkin and to start the Teal Pumpkin Project(R). They outline the goals of the project as follows:
- Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters
- Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate to passersby that you have non-food treats available
- Add your home to the Teal Pumpkin Project map
- Spread the word! Share the Teal Pumpkin Project with your friends and family
Do you have a teal pumpkin at home? Share them with us--along with your kiddos in their coolest Halloween costumes--on social at #safeandfair.