Teal Pumpkin Project Painting

What You Need:

  • Pumpkin, or recycle an old craft pumpkin 
  • White acrylic paint
  • Teal acrylic paint (or mix blue and green colors)
  • Foam paint brush
  • Non-food treats (e.g., pencils or minibooks)
  • Plastic or cardboard pumpkin bucket (optional)
  • "The Teal Pumpkin Project for a safe and happy Halloween" video (YouTube)


What You Do:

  1. Explain to your child the idea behind the Teal Pumpkin Project by looking at the official website. Tell them that many children have allergies and cannot eat candy or other treats. If homes have teal pumpkins displayed, it means that home offers non-food treats for trick-or-treaters.
  2. Watch this informational video about the purpose of the Teal Pumpkin Project and review any new ideas with your child.
  3. Ask your child to paint the pumpkin white to prime the pumpkin for the teal color. Allow it to dry completely (usually up to two hours).
  4. Have your child paint the teal color on top of the white color. You may need to add an extra coat of paint after the acrylic paint has cured.
  5. Encourage your child to personalize their pumpkin. They can add eyes and a mouth, add accent colors like gold or silver, or just have a simple teal pumpkin. 
  6. Gather non-food treats from around the house, or choose to shop at the store, to get ready for trick-or-treating. Some ideas include pencils, bubbles, playing cards, stencils, stickers, bouncy balls, or mini-puzzles.
  7. Let trick-or-treaters choose a candy or a non-food treat during trick-or-treating. Allow children without allergies to choose non-food treats as well!

You can help make Halloween more inclusive this year by engaging your kids in this fun pumpkin painting activity!

Helpful Hint: Make sure to get acrylic paint as other paints do not stick to plastic-type materials as well. Spray painting on plastic is the best medium for a glossy finish.

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