October 18th, 2016

Pumpkin Painting Ideas: What’s the Deal with Teal?


Pumpkin painting ideas are so fun. So when we learned about the Teal Pumpkin Project, my son Jack and I jumped at the chance to do something to make sure every kid has a fun Halloween. I completely support everyone enjoying the fun of dressing up and getting treats from neighbors and friends.

So what’s the Teal Pumpkin Project?

The Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) created the Teal Pumpkin Project to make sure all children go home Halloween night with something they can enjoy. If you put a teal pumpkin by your door, kids with allergies will know you have non-food treats like glow sticks, pencils and toys. Last year, FARE says teal pumpkins were on porches and doorsteps in all 50 states, plus 14 countries worldwide.



Did you know 1 in every 13 children in the United States has a food allergy? That means a lot of kids may choose not to join in for the Halloween fun for fear of not finding treats they can have. It’s tough when everyone else is enjoying something, having a really amazing time, and you are left out because of a food allergy. I know that feeling. I’m among the 15 million Americans who have food allergies.

I love trying pumpkin painting ideas with the kids, so painting pumpkins teal to help other kids turned into a fun afternoon with our friend Maddi.

Here’s the story of our adventure. I hope this inspires you to add a teal pumpkin by your front door this Halloween.


Painting pumpkins starts with selecting the perfect pumpkin. Jack is an expert at the pumpkin patch.


Selecting the perfect pumpkin takes experience and a keen eye. Our son Jack loves the pumpkin farm. This will be his 8th Halloween.

Friends make painting projects better—especially a pumpkin painting project.

Whenever we’re trying out new pumpkin painting ideas or any other kind of fun, kid-friendly painting projects, we invite friends to join us. Painting is better with friends. Jack and Maddi have been friends since they were 2-years-old, so they go way, way back.

You’ll notice I decanted the paint into little mason jars. This makes it easier for the kids to manage the paint. It also helps reduce the amount of clean-up time. Plus, I love storing paint in mason jars so I can enjoy the colors in my workshop.

The kids let me help paint the pumpkins with Glidden Marine Blue.

We used leftover paint from another recent project in Glidden Marine Blue to paint both white and orange pumpkins for the Teal Pumpkin Project.


We painted a lot of pumpkins for the Teal Pumpkin Project.


We painted a lot of pumpkins. Jack’s 8th birthday party is coming up just before Halloween, so we painted little pumpkins to give out to his friends at the party. We hope this inspires more families to offer non-food treats on Halloween.

We incorporated the teal pumpkins with other colored pumpkins.

Decorating with teal pumpkins is fun, and the teal looks really pretty with both white and orange pumpkins.


Using teal pumpkins doesn't mean you can't have spooky Halloween decor


Even though teal is considered a pretty color, it can go well with a spooky Halloween theme, too.


Teal pumpkins are pretty.


Of course, I like the way the little teal pumpkins look with white pumpkins, and I’m enjoying all the little teal pumpkins (painted in Glidden Marine Blue) until Jack’s birthday when they find new homes with friends.


Non-food treats for Halloween's Teal Pumpkin Project


When you put out a teal pumpkin, make sure to have a bowl of non-food treats on hand on Halloween. There are so many options, like little toys that are inexpensive and fun for kids to enjoy.


Spending time with my silly boys at the pumpkin farm


I have to say, shopping for pumpkins with my family is always fun. My boys are ridiculous and high-energy. My husband Mark might be channeling his inner pumpkin superhero.

We are glad to be including teal pumpkins this Halloween for kids with food allergies. Whatever pumpkin painting ideas you choose, we hope you have as much fun as we did.

Happy Halloween!


This post is sponsored by Glidden® paint, a PPG brand. All thoughts and opinions are my own.




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