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Teal Pumpkin Contest 2020

Teal Pumpkin Contest 2020

A fun Halloween contest in the name of food allergy awareness

Last year I held the "Teal Pumpkin Painting Party" at the Morgan Hill Library. This year, due to covid-19, I created the "Teal Pumpkin Painting Contest" to keep up the momentum!

Here's How it Works

Paint a pumpkin | submit a picture | vote

1. Paint a pumpkin teal

Please note this is currently only open to Santa Clara Residents this year

Pumpkins need to be three dimensional (3D) and primarily teal. Any size pumpkin is okay as long as they are not two dimensional, and plastic pumpkins are okay as long as they are painted by you. 

2. Decorate your pumpkin and get creative

Creativity is encouraged! You may add glitter, stickers, bells, pipe cleaners, eyes, etc. to your pumpkin. Your pumpkin should be clearly teal and any additions shouldn't take away from that. This contest is inspired by the Teal Pumpkin Project, created by Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE). Teal is the official color of food allergy awareness, hence why the Teal Pumpkin project features teal pumpkins. This contest aims to bring support and awareness to the allergy community during the Halloween season. Plus, part of the beauty of the event last year was seeing how many different pumpkins the community was able to create given similar materials!

3. Take a picture of your pumpkin and turn it in by October 24th at 11:59 pm

Picture submissions will be accepted through the Google Form linked below. Pictures will be accepted between October 11, 2020, and October 24th, 2020 at 11:59 pm. The Google Form needs to be filled out fully in order for your submission to be complete. Please note that by submitting your photo, you are giving permission for Nut Free Mentality and the LCAC to post this picture online for voting purposes. Because of this, we ask that you avoid including faces in your picture submission and only photography the pumpkin itself. Multiple members of the same household can submit an entry if they submit a new Google Form submission per member. 

4. All ages are welcomed, and submissions will be divided into 6 age groups

All ages are welcomed and encouraged to participate in this fun activity! Ages will be broken up into 6 groups: 

  • 3 yrs and under

  • 4 - 6 yrs

  • 7 - 9 yrs

  • 10 - 13 yrs

  • 14 - 17 yrs

  • 18 yrs and older

There will be one winner and prize for each age group.

5. Voting will be done online and will be open to everyone from Oct. 25 - 30th

Starting October 25, 2020 and going on until October 3o, 2020 at 11:59 pm, voting via Google Forms will be open to the public. Whichever pumpkin gets the most votes in each category will be declared the winner of that category. Winners will be announced on October 31, 2020 via Instagram @nutfreementality and twitter @NFM_AllergyBlog. Winners will also be contacted individually and asked for an address so that we can send you your prize! 

Here's How it Works

Teal Pumpkin Contest 2020

Teal Pumpkin Contest 2020

A fun Halloween contest in the name of food allergy awareness

Last year I held the "Teal Pumpkin Painting Party" at the Morgan Hill Library. This year, due to covid-19, I created the "Teal Pumpkin Painting Contest" to keep up the momentum!

Here's How it Works

Paint a pumpkin | submit a picture | vote

1. Paint a pumpkin teal

Please note this is currently only open to Santa Clara Residents this year

Pumpkins need to be three dimensional (3D) and primarily teal. Any size pumpkin is okay as long as they are not two dimensional, and plastic pumpkins are okay as long as they are painted by you. 

2. Decorate your pumpkin and get creative

Creativity is encouraged! You may add glitter, stickers, bells, pipe cleaners, eyes, etc. to your pumpkin. Your pumpkin should be clearly teal and any additions shouldn't take away from that. This contest is inspired by the Teal Pumpkin Project, created by Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE). Teal is the official color of food allergy awareness, hence why the Teal Pumpkin project features teal pumpkins. This contest aims to bring support and awareness to the allergy community during the Halloween season. Plus, part of the beauty of the event last year was seeing how many different pumpkins the community was able to create given similar materials!

3. Take a picture of your pumpkin and turn it in by October 24th at 11:59 pm

Picture submissions will be accepted through the Google Form linked below. Pictures will be accepted between October 11, 2020, and October 24th, 2020 at 11:59 pm. The Google Form needs to be filled out fully in order for your submission to be complete. Please note that by submitting your photo, you are giving permission for Nut Free Mentality and the LCAC to post this picture online for voting purposes. Because of this, we ask that you avoid including faces in your picture submission and only photography the pumpkin itself. Multiple members of the same household can submit an entry if they submit a new Google Form submission per member. 

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4. All ages are welcomed, and submissions will be divided into 6 age groups

All ages are welcomed and encouraged to participate in this fun activity! Ages will be broken up into 6 groups: 

  • 3 yrs and under

  • 4 - 6 yrs

  • 7 - 9 yrs

  • 10 - 13 yrs

  • 14 - 17 yrs

  • 18 yrs and older

There will be one winner and prize for each age group.

5. Voting will be done online and will be open to everyone from Oct. 25 - 30th

Starting October 25, 2020 and going on until October 3o, 2020 at 11:59 pm, voting via Google Forms will be open to the public. Whichever pumpkin gets the most votes in each category will be declared the winner of that category. Winners will be announced on October 31, 2020 via Instagram @nutfreementality and twitter @NFM_AllergyBlog. Winners will also be contacted individually and asked for an address so that we can send you your prize! 

6. Prizes will consist of allergy-friendly snacks and local business contributions

Prizes will include chocolate and snacks from the allergy-friendly brand Enjoy Life, which is free of the top 14 allergens. However, we ask that you disclose any allergies you may have when you fill out the submission form so that we can make sure we only send you safe prizes! We will likely send by mail, so that is why this contest is only for Santa Clara County residents of California at this time. 

For questions and concerns:

email nutfreementality@gmail.com

Dm on IG @nutfreementality

call (408) 778 - 6319 

To donate to the event:

To see last year's event:

Why it matters...

Living with food allergies can be both emotionally and physically difficult. The goal of my food allergy advocacy is to help people understand that the condition is far more complex and sometimes scary than the movies might make it seem. I talk about food allergies on my Instagram very openly to help those with food allergies understand that they aren't alone in feeling the weight of stigmatization and being afraid of the experience. FARE reports that over 32 million Americans alone have food allergies. By participating in this contest, you are showing you care about those with allergies and from the bottom of my heart I thank you! 

For more information on food allergies, visit these sites: 

About the Teal Pumpkin Project

Non-Food Treat Ideas

Food Allergy 101

​https://www.foodallergy.org/living-food-allergies/food-allergy-essentials/food-allergy-101

©2019 by Jessica Carrillo of Nut Free Mentality