What Color is Your Pumpkin?
Of all the colored pumpkins on display, this may be the single most recognizable shade for families trick-or-treating across the nation. The high visibility around teal pumpkins — which have become a symbol of comfort for those facing foodborne allergies — comes after many years of awareness and education efforts by those whose health is threatened by popular Halloween candy and chocolate products.
The Purple Pumpkin Project is a fundraising campaign established almost a decade ago by the Epilepsy Foundation. Over 3.4 million people live with epilepsy in the United States. That’s a lot of people! Our Purple Pumpkin Project raises money to assure them that they are not alone. Display your Purple Pumpkin, and post your story and photos on your fundraising page and via social media to build awareness about epilepsy and support the Epilepsy Foundation in the fight to END EPILEPSY. It’s amazing what a small can of purple paint and a fruit can do. (yes, pumpkins are fruits!)
The world goes pink every October in an effort to educate others about the diagnosis that awaits 1 in 8 American women, according to the American Cancer Society. The Pink Pumpkin Project, a nonprofit based in upstate New York, keeps the conversation going year-round — ultimately encouraging all to schedule annual mammograms while raising awareness.
Displaying blue-painted pumpkins signals that homeowners have worked to make their environment inclusive to all; free of decorations, lighting or candy that may trigger sensory sensitivities for Autistic individuals, as well as indicate that they’re aware conversational communication may be limited. Those who display blue pumpkins aim to kickstart conversations about Autism Spectrum Disorders throughout the season.
White pumpkins aren’t currently tied to a local or national organization, they are a great way to show your support for those affected by pregnancy and infancy loss (October is National Pregnancy and Infancy Loss Awareness Month).
There isn’t a formal red pumpkin campaign since 2018, but MADD urges anyone — and everyone — to play their part by setting out red pumpkins come Halloween. Halloween is tragically one of the deadliest days of the year. In 2019, drunk driving-related accidents killed 41 people on Halloween in the U.S, accounting for 31% of all traffic deaths that night. And that number only multiplies when the holiday falls on a weekend: Friday is the most dangerous night to be out on the streets, followed by Tuesday and Sunday, according to new data by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Crash Report Sampling System.
Rather than focus on a single disorder or medical condition, yellow pumpkins are a reminder to all participating in Halloween events or trick-or-treating to always practice patient kindness, and to put less stock in traditions that may require a conversation or a traditional costume.