Teal Pumpkin Project holds a different meaning for one Quad Cities family


DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – The Teal Pumpkin Project focuses on providing trick-or-treaters who have food allergies with an alternative to candy. Families let trick-or-treaters know they’re participating by leaving pumpkins they paint teal on their doorsteps.

The Tuckers, live in Davenport and use the project to bring awareness to diabetes as well to show that no child should be excluded from the Halloween fun.

On Monday night, Becky Tucker went trick-or-treating with her dad and her brother, Tanner, all while her mother, Bonnie Tucker passed out goodies back at home.

She’s didn’t just hand out candy either, but stickers, and bracelets too as part of the Teal Pumpkin Project.

“The kids love painting the pumpkins and it’s just it’s good for everyone,” Bonnie Tucker said.

The Tuckers started doing the project last Halloween after Becky was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

“We were still learning about diabetes ourselves and we weren’t sure you know, could she have candy, how much candy could she have things like that so we thought, you know, if she has this then other kids have this and we just wanted to give an alternative for maybe kids who couldn’t have or didn’t want candy,” Bonnie Tucker said.

“That’s why I like Halloween, the best part about Halloween is I get to paint the pumpkins,” Becky Tuckers said.

Bonnie says now that they have a better understanding of their daughter’s diabetes, Becky is able to enjoy the candy she gets on Halloween, like any other 6-year-old.

“She won’t just get to go dump it out and chow down, she’ll have some with her dinner tonight for dessert, we’ll count up the carbs, and we’ll add it into her insulin dose, and it’s really handy to have on hand to treat low blood sugars,” Bonnie said.

She says the journey with Becky’s diabetes hasn’t been easy.

“It’s like riding a unicycle on a tight rope that’s on fire,” Bonnie said.

But Bonnie says the most important thing is managing it.

“We don’t want her to think that she’s not allowed to have something, but at the same time, teaching her not to hide it, not to sneak candy just to come ask mom and dad you know, we’ll figure out a way you can still have it,” Bonnie Tucker said.

“Don’t be scared, you have to learn to live with it and do it,” Becky Tucker said.

The Tuckers also painted blue pumpkins to represent diabetes awareness. National Diabetes Awareness Month kicks off Nov. 1.

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