A couple weeks ago, a friend of mine posted about how she cried when kid-safe candy was found for her kids. Another day on Facebook, a friend dealing with a very rare disorder shared the fears and frustrations of raising kids on a limited diet. I remember when another friend’s son had his first anaphylactic reaction to peanut butter (the first time he tried it).
Needless to say, Halloween is a holiday that causes a bit of a panic attack to moms like them. Moms who have to spend hours researching foods online, reading labels in stores, food prepping in the kitchen.
We’ve always been lucky in the food department. Maura has no allergies, no food limitations, no food aversions. She can eat whatever she want…well…that’s edible. She enjoys a wide variety of foods, loves fresh fruit and eats her veggies happily. I can place a full bag of candy in front of her and not have to pick through to weed out something that she might react badly too.
I am aware of how lucky we are, and aware that not everyone is in our shoes.
I will also admit, when I heard about The Teal Pumpkin Project, my first thought was “well dang, where am I supposed to find a teal pumpkin?”. There was a moment of “I don’t want to have to do yet another extra thing…” in my head. Which immediately left as soon as I went to buy Halloween candy. I found myself doing my usual selection of variety packs of fun sized stuff, making sure there were plenty of nut-free options. Then I started looking for non-food variety packs. Because despite that momentary feeling of “not one more thing to do” that I had about finding a teal pumpkin, I knew that teal pumpkin or not, I could still have non-food selections. Which I found in a huge pack of glow bracelets and necklaces (thank you Target).
Then I realized that I’m just going to have to have a teal pumpkin. I can’t not do it. Not when a friend on Facebook posts a link to the project with “Please do this!”. Not when I’ve watched friends spend their kids childhoods making sure they eat safe foods.
So I’m going to make a teal pumpkin.. It’s going to be awesome. My plan is to find a fake white pumpkin, paint it teal, then coat it in fabulous teal glitter so that sucker shines out into the night.
Because every kid should be able to enjoy Halloween.