How to Be a Teal Pumpkin House this Halloween

What is a teal pumpkin? A teal pumpkin is a sign that you are a food-allergy friendly home for trick-or-treaters. To be a teal pumpkin house for Halloween, you need a plan. First, you need a pumpkin and a cute way to decorate it. Second, you need some creative, non-edible treats to hand out.

Decorating Your Teal Pumpkin

There are a ton of ways to do a teal pumpkin. You can buy a plastic pumpkin at any craft store, or just use a real one. Either way! Here are some of my favorite ways to decorate:

  • Let the kids do it. Give you kids a drop cloth, the pumpkins and a few shades of teal paint, and let them have at it. After all, Halloween is all about the kids! Martha Stewart’s stuff may be pretty, but I bet her daughter never got to help. Smaller kids can fingerpaint with washable craft paints, or you can let older kids draw with paint pens or puff paint from the fabric aisle. Add sequins or glitter for a more sparkly pumpkin, and make sure you hit it with some lights so everyone can see it.
  • Go plaid. I love this plaid version from Real Simple.Cute Pumpkin
  • Make a monogram. Print out your monogram and stick to your pumpkin with glue stick or double sided tape.
  • Use painter’s tape to paint some chevron stripes.
  • Bling your pumpkin. Cover your pumpkin completely in garland, pearls, or other pretty shiny things!
  • Melted crayon pumpkins. Use teal crayons for a creepy/pretty melted crayon pumpkin!Melted Crayon and Glitter Pumpkins

Once you have your pretty teal pumpkin all ready, you need to have a plan for what to hand out. Candy is pretty easy to buy the day before and even restock that night if you run out, but you need to plan ahead for non-food items. Here are some great ideas:

  • Party favors. Party favor packs are usually pretty cheap and come with quite a few items that are all the same. Insects, dinosaurs, and noisemakers are all winners.
  • Glow anything. Glow sticks, bracelets, rings and more are plentiful around Halloween. Stock up and have a fun item that will also help kids be seen Halloween night. For extra points, light up glow bracelets and scatter in your landscaping (preferably hardy bushes!). As the kids grab them up, jump out and give them a good Halloween scare!
  • Mini water bottles. Kids need to stay hydrated on Halloween!
  • Halloween pencils.
  • Homemade crayons in fun shapes. Melt your broken crayons in some fun Halloween shapes using a silicone mold.
  • Stickers or temporary tattoos

If you have paid attention to how much candy you have given out in the past, you may know how many items you need to give out. If not, ask a friend or neighbor who also gives out allergy-free treats. If no one has an answer for you, just buy in bulk and get more than you need. Remember, toys don’t go bad! You can always save it for next year.

Erin Hayes Burt

Erin Hayes Burt

Erin Burt is a freelance writer and mom of three girls. She enjoys yoga and reading non chick-lit fiction when she's not translating the ramblings of toddlers or training for her next half marathon.
Erin Hayes Burt

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Erin Burt is a freelance writer and mom of three girls. She enjoys yoga and reading non chick-lit fiction when she's not translating the ramblings of toddlers or training for her next half marathon.


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