As soon as October hits, many of us focus on one thing and one thing only: Halloween. And while the month ends in the most frightfully fun way possible with costumes, candy and decorations galore, let’s not forget that October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the month, many local and national organizations host events and fundraisers to raise awareness and money for the cause, but some people also turn to a classic Halloween craft — painted pumpkins! — to show their support for family members, friends and neighbors affected by breast cancer in one way or another.
Pink pumpkins — whether store-bought, painted in the cause’s signature pink or etched with an encouraging message for the trick-or-treaters who pass by — aren’t linked to any major charities, such as the American Cancer Society and Breast Cancer Research Foundation, but there are a number of smaller nonprofits, businesses and medical institutions that use these brightly-colored gourds as part of their annual fundraising efforts. Some, like Baton Rouge General in Louisiana, assemble pop-up pink pumpkin fields to remind women to “Protect Their Pumpkins,” while others, including Southeastern Med in Massachusetts, team up with local businesses to sell limited-edition pink pumpkins throughout the month. Take The Pink Pumpkin Project, for example: Each year, they decorate and sell anywhere from 800 to 1,200 pink pumpkins as a way to give “faith, hope, love and compassion” to their surrounding area. All of the proceeds from the pumpkins go right back to their community, supporting those going through treatment with financial and emotional assistance.
Placing a pink pumpkin on your porch or doorstep may also give someone the push they need to schedule a mammogram. (Note: The CDC recommends annual mammograms for women ages 40-54 and biennial mammograms for women over the age of 55 with a history of normal results.) Regular screenings are vital for early detection of breast cancer — and are more important than ever, especially since the American Cancer Society reported 48,000 fewer mammograms in 2020 due to COVID-19, according to WALB News.
Of course, there are other ways to make a more sizable impact — say, donating your time or money to trusted nonprofits or your local hospital — but pink pumpkins are an easy way to add more meaning to your indoor or outdoor Halloween display (along with being an important teaching moment). So, break out your craft supplies to paint your own or shop directly from the list below. The choice is yours: Go for something simple and chic (an on-trend velvet pumpkin) or personalized with pink ribbons and inspiring phrases. Whatever you do, be sure to place your pink pumpkins in plain sight, so you can spread the message far and wide.
Advertisement – Continue Reading Below
Pink Ribbon Pumpkin
Painting pumpkins is fun and all, but this plastic version offers the same look — minus the mess. It stores easily and can be used year after year.
Pink Velvet Pumpkin Assortment
Velvet isn’t fit for the outdoors, but you can use these mini pumpkins to dot your house with shades of pink. The options are endless: Scatter them across your dining room table, set one at each place setting or use them to line your mantel.
Personalized Pink Pumpkin
Once you pick the pumpkin’s size and color (flamingo pink, of course), send the Etsy maker exactly what you’d like for them to write in gold script — your last name, house number or a hopeful message to anyone affected by breast cancer.
Gold-Brushed Pink Pumpkins
Pick up this seven-piece assortment to sprinkle pink and gold throughout your entire house. You can even write a custom message on the larger pumpkins and stick them outside your door.
Large Pink Velvet Pumpkin
Velvet pumpkins are one of Etsy’s biggest Halloween trends this year — and this light pink beauty bears more meaning than the rest.
Large Personalized Pink Pumpkin
Get your family’s last name painted on this foam pumpkin, then set it out on your stoop each year to show your support.
This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io
Advertisement – Continue Reading Below