Fun Blue Pumpkins hatch every Halloween. Have you seen any yet? And do you know what they mean?
It’s that time of year when our little patients are already talking excitedly about costumes and treats for Halloween. Read on to discover what is behind the unique décor you might be seeing with Fun Blue Pumpkins. Additionally, see how they are giving our society a completely new style of treats for Halloween.
A Spooky Backdrop for 2021 Halloween
We will soon be blogging about the dental decay dangers in the traditional Halloween Season treats.
- Thus, it won’t take you long to figure out why we love the fun blue pumpkins for 2021.
- We also note some communities will be celebrating Halloween 2021 under the shadow of the COVID-19. But the general consensus is that “Halloween trick-or-treating is back in 2021…” Likewise, we are announcing, “So is the Teal Pumpkin Project to help trick-or-treaters with food allergies find safe treats in their neighborhood.”
- Additionally, we suspect different communities will find unique ways to celebrate this Halloween 2021, at the state, local and national levels.
The Secrets of the Fun Blue Pumpkins
However your family celebrates Halloween, we suggest you honor the holiday by placing teal blue pumpkins on your porch! Now, discover why we are so delighted with this strange color pumpkin:
Every year, we introduce these strangely colored pumpkins on behalf of FARE. For those unfamiliar with the group, FARE is the Food Allergy Research & Education advocacy group.
Originally, the backstory of the Fun Blue Pumpkins, known as The Teal Pumpkin Project, began with a local awareness activity. It was run by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET).
Imagine the sad Halloween child who cannot take a fun treat at your front door, due to his or her allergy or sensitivity.
Current Secrets of the Fun Blue Pumpkins Hatching on a Mission
Now, in 2021, teal-colored Fun Blue Pumpkins are Hatching as both FARE and FACET crusade. Certainly, their purpose is “to reach families across the country and around the world…”
They are the symbols of the “Teal Pumpkin Project’s messages.” The messages include “awareness, inclusion, and community.”
Quite simply, they want to make all communities aware of children who suffer from food allergies and sensitivities.
Walk a Mile in my Halloween Shoes
Inspired to walk a mile in the Halloween shoes of a child with food allergies or sensitivities. If so, then, you will end up at the Fun Blue Pumpkin Patch of Food Allergy Awareness!
You see, for families managing food allergies, Halloween with its special candy treats poses an annual threat.
“Many traditional Halloween treats aren’t safe for children with life-threatening food allergies. The Teal Pumpkin Project promotes safety, inclusion, and respect of individuals managing food allergies.”
We’re not saying take away the candy,” says Rutter. Lisa Rutter, by the way, is the founder of the No Nuts Moms Group.
And, she is also an employee at FAACT. (Food Allergies & Anaphylaxis Connection Team). “We’re saying give options to kids who might not be able to participate otherwise.”
Halloween 2021: A Positive Experience for All
In other words, children with allergies need to have Halloween fun too. And she adds that teal blue pumpkins symbolize a “worldwide movement. It also “offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option.”
In case you have not guessed, the above mission puts FARE right on target with dentists. Both dread the overdose of sugar and decay that Halloween offers.
The fun blue pumpkins in shiny teal, arranged on your porch, mean you will give out non-food items. Highly prized little treat items include glow-sticks or tiny toys. Consider these alternatives at Halloween festivities or on neighborhood Trick or Treat paths.
3 Ways to Promote Halloween 2021 Teal Pumpkin Mission
Thus “Dentistry for Children” suggests you carve some nice, fake teal blue pumpkins as a healthy activity before the holiday. FARE states you only need to do 3 things to be a part of all the blue boo, teal blue pumpkin fun.
1. The Treats: Most importantly, provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters.
2. The Fun Blue Pumpkins: Then, place a teal pumpkin in front of your home. This indicates to passersby that you have non-food treats available.
3. The Teal Blue Feel: And finally, spread awareness about the Teal Pumpkin Project with your friends and family.
FARE says Beware
Likewise, we want you to know that there are some non-candy treats to avoid.
- For example, clay may contain wheat.
- Additionally, parents should avoid handing out treats or toys with typical latex gloves. We want you to understand that some kids have latex allergies.
Haunting Facts You Might Not Know: Food Allergies
Did you know Food allergies are a life-altering “and potentially life-threatening disease and a growing public health issue?”
- In the U.S., one in 13 children has a food allergy. We want you to understand that means at least two in every classroom when school is in session.
- For many children, a tiny amount of their allergen has the potential to cause a severe reaction.
- Additionally, reactions can range from hives all the way to life-threatening anaphylaxis.
Fun Blue Pumpkins Warnings: Be Aware and Beware
Almost any food can cause a reaction. You might already know that many popular Halloween candies contain nuts, milk, egg, soy, or wheat. And we want you to realize, these are some of the most common allergens in children as well as adults.
- Likewise, many miniature versions of candy contain different ingredients than their full-size counterparts.
- Additionally, some miniature candy items do not have labels. This means that parents cannot determine whether these items are safe.
Remember, nothing ruins a holiday celebration faster than an allergy, asthma, or digestive reaction.
Take the Teal Pumpkin Pledge of Awareness
In some years, FARE offers a map that guides folks to Trick or Treat houses all across the USA. They show parents where to find houses that feature non-food treats for children with food allergies.
However, this year, with COVID-19, things are different in many communities. Some areas will be greatly discouraging the usual Trick or Treating or Halloween parties. Thus, FARE simply asks you to take the Teal Pumpkin Pledge.
Spreading the Teal Blue Pumpkin Word
So, for Halloween 2021, Dentistry for Children invites you to show your awareness of kids with food allergies and sensitivities.
“Sign up to tell your friends and neighbors that you want Halloween to be safe for everyone. We highly endorse your submission of the form to receive your official Teal Pumpkin Project Pledge certificate to display.”
It’s easy. Just put the certificate in your window or on your door for the entire neighborhood to see.
Terrific Take-Aways for Halloween 2021, Fun Blue Pumpkins, and Healthier Teeth
As healthcare professionals, Dr. King and his staff realize that non-food treats provide a safe, fun alternative for children with food allergies. And we could not be happier about the tooth decay such mini-toy alternatives discourage!
FARE provides these suggestions of non-candy treats. They can be handed out for Halloween:
- Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
- Pencils, pens, crayons, or markers
- Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
- Mini Slinkies
- Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
- Bouncy balls
- Finger puppets or novelty toys
- Spider rings and Vampire fangs
- Mini notepads
- Playing cards
- Stickers and Stencils
And if you can’t find these items, check out the shopping page at this convenient online resource.
As always, we thank you for reading the blog at Dr. Troy King’s Dentistry for Children. We hope you enjoyed learning about the Fun Blue Pumpkins of Halloween 2021.
Certainly, they are hatching for healthy teeth as well as food sensitivity, everywhere this year.