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Saturday

Teal Pumpkin



Teal Pumpkins are awesome.  If you haven't heard about them yet.  I encourage you to take a look at www.TheTealPumpkinProject.org.  It's an exciting initiative that encourages people to provide non-food treats this Halloween.  There are so many good reasons to do this.  Primarily, it provides an option for trick or treaters with food allergies to safely enjoy your "treats".  But it also gives all children an opportunity to not choose sugar often heavily dyed candy.  

Let's face it, fall is a crazy busy time of year.  Frankly, change can be hard especially when have established routines that are widely supported by all stores and marketers everywhere.  Seriously, EVERY store we walk into this time of year has food treats piled high at the front of the store and all you have to do is buy the bag, dump the bag in any bowl, and your ready.  But I'm betting these 3 simple facts will help you realize it is just as simple to add a Teal Pumpkin.  

Number 1: It's about adding not subtracting.  If you follow me on periscope you know I've done more than a couple of Teal Pumpkin inspired scopes.  The most common question I heard was, "But I love providing candy" or "what if my neighbors are angry that I don't have candy?" The beauty of adding a teal pumpkin is that you don't have to subtract your traditional offerings.  You just want to be sure that you add a seperate bowl of non-food treats.  That's it.  (If you missed my scopes on the topic I have them saved for replay on my Katch Page.  Click here to check them out.  

Number 2: You don't have to paint a pumpkin.  Look don't get me wrong it's fun and so appreciated when you take the time paint and decorate teal pumpkins.  My kids and I had the best time doing it.  But don't let lack of craftiness or time stop you from participating in this wickedly awesome initiative.  Just grab a bowl or a bin and print out sign to let people now that this bowl contains only non-food treats. The bin I pictured above is for our trunker-treating event.  I purchased them at the Dollar Tree for, you guessed it, a dollar.  I got multiple ones and then made this little sign to print on each one.  EASY!  I'm including the full graphic below.  Feel free to print it out and use it.  (Just be sure to keep that line on the bottom regarding the FARE trademark.  It's required for use of the adorable pictured in the center.) To download our sign simply right click on the below image and save it to your device.


Number 3: Non-Food Items are everywhere.  You don't have to make an extra stop to find them.  This time of year the dollar tree is loaded with large packs of creepy rings, Halloween stickers, creepy bugs, bubbles, Halloween pencils and erasers.  If you aren't like me and always up for a quick browse of your local dollar spot.  You can also find great deals on these affordable non-food items at Halloween Costume stores, Party Supply Stores, Target, Walmart, and Most Grocers.  And don't forget about online retailers like oriental trading and amazon.  Those non-food treats come straight to you.

Are you planning to teal pumpkin this year? If so I'd love to hear about it or better yet see a pick of your non-food allergy treat stash!  Leave a comment below...


  

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