Teal pumpkins indicate that you have safe, allergy-free goodies to give trick-or-treaters


Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/10/12/teal-pumpkins-indicate-that-yo.html


Teal pumpkins also indicate that there is something wrong with your pumpkin patch.


I give you the Hungarian Blue - King of Pumpkins! Seriously, these are the best pumpkins you can eat. Unless you’re allergic, I guess.


Damn, that pumpkin patch is so wrong, it’s right!


This is where we get our gourds. Autumn is a fine season!


How is it a secret code if its a broad PR campaign intended to raise awareness of allergen risks?


Do any of these allergy-full kids do the old “collect change for UNICEF instead of candy” thing? Is that even a thing anymore? I don’t think I’ve seen kids do that for twenty years at least.


My solution is to close the blinds, turn off the indoor / outdoor lights, and sit in the dark eating candy and playing with non-allergenic trinkets, while being silently judged by the blue pumpkin in the corner.


Note to self: skip the houses with teal pumpkins.

Follow-up on note-to-self: you haven’t trick-or-treated since the 90’s, dummy!


What do the rotting remains of last year’s pumpkin indicate?


give me Oh Henry, or give me death!


So, wait… if you’re allergic to pumpkin, what’s the best pumpkin to eat?


I’ve always used the lights-out-no-decorations-while-people-are-visibly-home secret code. Works like a charm.



Safety first!


Yep; it’s still a thing.


Black pumpkins indicate that you give out apples with razor blades inside.


Any of these! All of the allergens except pumpkin.


Ooooh! Glad to see stencils are on the approved list. Throw in a can of spray paint and the kids will love it! Those little Bic lighters were really popular with the kids last year but a bunch of fussy parents ruined that one.



I don’t think I ever considered that a significant number of kids could end up in hospital from trick or treating. Downside is that this solution means even more cheap disposable plastic in our surroundings.

My partner and I floated the idea of doing an eco-friendly Halloween party to our friends and other people in our neighbourhood, but we got crickets and awkward glances in response. The common response seems to be “well it’s once a year, let them have fun”, but the problem is that it’s also Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Christmas, numerous birthday parties, school events, visits from relatives… it’s more like once a month, sometimes more often. And eco-friendly doesn’t need to mean boring and healthy either.

Anyway, what does this mean for Boing Boing’s annual Candy Hierarchy?