Well, well, well. If our good friend fall hasn’t come knocking at our doors and barged in with everything but the kitchen sink. Or, should I say, everything but the ever so notorious snow storm. Yes! Fall has arrived, and somehow received the message that “plus 1” meant “plus 5”. With head colds and sinus infections raiding our local CVS cold/cough section, to the stale scent of cheap pumpkin spice car freshers lingering in the air, fall comes with both a pro and a con list. But there are two things I do look forward to come fall time. No. 1: A fresh Staples receipt stating both the fact that I can’t be trusted alone in a Staples store, as I over-assess what YouTubers tell me I need versus what I actually need. And No. 2: Halloween! Now, this is probably one of my last years trick-or-treating with my friends where we won’t be tossed a sly grimace or a disapproving head shake. So, this year, I wanted to make it special. I was looking for something out of the box!
As I was flipping through the October issue of The Food Network Magazine, (Which I may or may not have accidentally subscribed myself to in hopes of winning a dish naming contest they had so extravagantly advertised. As you may assume, I didn’t win, as I have not mentioned my jetting off to NYC to embark in a master cooking class with Guy Fieri. C’mon! Pizza Pinwheels?! Best name ever!) I noticed an advertisement for something called…wait for it…The Teal Pumpkin Project. The Teal Pumpkin Project is a project created by FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) to promote food allergy awareness during Halloween. Speaking as someone who does have a very severe peanut allergy, come Halloween time, you can either take it or leave it. I choose to take Halloween in stride, not as a time to feel sorry for myself. I may not be able to eat as much candy as my friends, or binge on late night Reese’s Pieces, but there is a lot I can do. I really like this project, not only because it acknowledges the struggles people with food allergies have, but it also makes trick-or-treating a much more enjoyable holiday. Instead of handing out candy, people with teal pumpkins on their doorstep can hand out non-food treats. Here is a link to the Teal Pumpkin Project, where you can learn more about the project and its mission. But for now, I have decided to show you how I made my Teal Pumpkin. So without further ado…. let’s get started!
For this project you’ll need…
- 1 (one) Sugar Pumpkin
- Teal Acrylic Paint (I used the Americana brand in Bahama Blue)
- Small Sponge Brush
- Ribbon (optional)
Start by laying out your newspaper on a flat, hard surface. Squirt teal paint onto the newspaper, and pick minimal paint with sponge brush. Blot the paint onto the sugar pumpkin, until the pumpkin is completely covered. Once the pumpkin is fully dry, you can tie a festive ribbon around, just if you want to spruce things up a bit!
Well my friends, that is all for this blog post. But I do hope you take part in the Teal Pumpkin Project, because, speaking from unfortunate experience it really spoils the fun of Halloween, receiving a treat that everyone else can indulge on besides you. So be the one to make someones day! Make their Halloween’s just that much better. And I promise, even if you may not be the must-stop-at house on your block that night, you will truly be that change people want to see in the world. And since when did Halloween become a competition? It should be a communal celebration, giving us kids a night to munch on as many goodies our cholesterol levels can handle! During this post, I also briefly touched on peanut allergies, specifically. It really something I think about too often, since it’s been a part of me since I can remember, but it does remain a daily obstacle. You’ll definitely be seeing some future blog posts about living with an allergy, and some ethics problems people with allergies face, especially the recent prices of epi-pens that have skyrocketed. I hope you all have a very, very happy fall, and I’ll see you on Halloween! (But don’t worry, I’ll be posting more before Halloween. You didn’t think I’d leave you hanging without so much as a DIY Halloween costume, did you?!)
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Link to FARE: https://www.foodallergy.org/
Link to the Teal Pumpkin Project: http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project#.V_qk5fkrLIU