WEST SEATTLE HALLOWEEN: Teal Pumpkin Project – who’s in?

(2015 photo by Jason Enevoldsen)

Our West Seattle Halloween Etc. Guide has been missing something – a Teal Pumpkin Project mention! We got this gentle reminder this morning from Bethany in Seaview:

I was adding my house to the Teal Pumpkin Project map this morning and noticed that our lovely peninsula is a lot more sparse on food allergy free trick or treating spots than in previous years.

Does it fit anywhere in your Halloweek/Halloween reminders to let our neighbors know the map resets each year, so an address must be added again if non-food treats are continuing to be offered?

Thanks, Bethany! For a detailed TPP explanation, check out this 2018 story contributed to WSB by Alice Enevoldsen.

10 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE HALLOWEEN: Teal Pumpkin Project - who's in?"

  • AlkiResident October 28, 2019 (2:43 pm)

    We have egg / nut / seafood allergies.  THANK YOU for highlighting this.

  • Yma October 28, 2019 (2:59 pm)

    We’ll have both. Candy & non candy treats. 4116 SW Portland. House with the really big dragon & cat.

  • Yma October 28, 2019 (5:40 pm)

    Unfortunately that teal map link asks for too much sign-up information. 

    • huh? October 28, 2019 (7:25 pm)

      You mean because it asks for an email address?  If that worries you just make a throw-away account.  The only other information it asks for is address, which is kinda necessary, and your name, which, I mean, are you really worried about people knowing your name?  (Also, of course, your name is already easy to find if someone knows your address–various records exist that link name and address, just google your address and you’ll see what I mean.)  So yeah, not sure why you think it’s too much information.

  • Elle Nell October 28, 2019 (8:01 pm)

    Growing up we had friends who had allergies and the parents always just checked the bag when they got home and they could have the candies with out the allergen. Seems pretty simple to me. Happy Hallows 🎃🎃🎃

    • WSB October 28, 2019 (8:14 pm)

      Not as easy as it sounds – addressed in the FAQ:

      • Voice Of The Kids October 29, 2019 (8:15 am)

        This actually sounds really easy. Look
        how Willy Wonka’s parents treated him and how he turned out. I couldn’t imagine
        being a kid finding a pencil, notepad, glows stick and pack of cut
        apples in my empty pillow case where the candy should be. I would probably just
         write down how I felt as I watched the
        other kids commit beautiful gluttony and be broken from that moment on. Check your
        kids candy for any tampering and pick out the bad stuff. Let the kids live and stay warm neighbors!

        • Don’t talk about this you don’t know about October 29, 2019 (9:52 am)

          As the parent of a child with severe allergies— NO, IT IS NOT EASY. We have to read the labels of every ingredient our son consumes year-long. Halloween candy in party packs are not properly labeled and most do not contain ingredient lists. It’s not a matter of letting our child do what he wants— it’s a matter of making sure our child does not have a LIFE-THREATENING reaction. Be grateful these are things you don’t have to worry about any please try to have some understanding for those of us that do. 

  • Julia October 28, 2019 (9:50 pm)

    Wondering, if anyone did this last year, how many kids took advantage of it? Not sure how much stuff to get.

    • Bethany October 29, 2019 (9:40 am)

      I first signed up in 2017 (but I have been giving away toys to trick-or-treaters since 1993.) I have had around 10 families come by specifically because of being a Teal Pumpkin Project house each year. The kids joyfully dig through to pick a toy and the parents thank me and thank me! I think like all trick-or-treating, how much to get depends on how many kids you usually get – we usually get around 50. Neighbors I know who do toys and candy, do about half and half. I hope this helps and thanks for helping families managing food allergies!

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