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The Teal Pumpkin - More Than Just Coastal Autumn Decor

by Cindy Bendel


As Summer transitions over to Autumn many people start looking for décor ideas. Beach lovers especially love the Coastal Fall look with teal pumpkins.

What one may not realize is that the teal pumpkin has taken on a new meaning in recent years. In 2012 Becky Basalone, the director of a local food allergy support group, came up with the idea to paint a pumpkin teal. This color represents food allergy awareness, and she handed out non-food treats.

Becky didn't realize that her teal pumpkin idea would become a nationwide symbol for Halloween food allergy awareness and inclusion of all trick-or-treaters. Nowadays if you see a teal pumpkin on a doorstep, that means the home is giving away non-food treats.

What constitutes a non-food treat?

  • Pencils, pens and crayons
  • Erasers or pencil toppers
  • Mini notepads
  • Stickers
  • Coloring books
  • Bubbles
  • Glitter putty
  • Bouncy balls
  • Rings and bracelets
  • keychains
  • playing cards
  • puzzle cubes
  • water guns

Some non-food items such as play-doh contain wheat, so it helps to read product labels for unexpected ingredients.

So what's a beach lover to do about Fall Coastal Décor? If you don't plan to hand out non-food treats, use teal pumpkins indoors and white pumpkins on your doorstep. That'll prevent the misunderstanding of kids knocking on your door expecting a non-food treat.

Of course many parents and kids will thank you if you do provide non-food treats. So set those teal pumpkins out and promote inclusion on Halloween!

For other fall coastal ideas, follow us on Pinterest and check out our Autumn Season Décor Board.


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  • I didn’t know the story behind the teal pumpkins! Thanks for the info. Love the beautiful photos you choose on all of your posts :)


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