The Purple Pumpkin Project

Donations made here will go towards providing epilepsy education to children and teachers in schools in Simcoe County.

Why is your pumpkin purple?

In September 2012, while on a drive through Connecticut one Sunday morning with his family, the founder of the Purple Pumpkin Project (Ron Lamontagne) was brainstorming ideas on how to spread epilepsy awareness.

The local pumpkin patch provided the solution.

Since families would soon be decorating pumpkins, Ron decided to make one purple and tell people about epilepsy when they asked, “Why is your pumpkin purple?

In 2018, Epilepsy Simcoe County started the initiative of the Purple Pumpkin Project in our region.  It’s our goal to continually increase awareness and to open up the needed conversations about Epilepsy.

Get Involved in the Project

There are so many different ways that businesses, schools, and individuals can become involved at The Purple Pumpkin Project of Simcoe County; here are just a few:


Donate directly to the Purple Pumpkin Project; Money raised will go towards providing epilepsy and seizure first-aid education to local classrooms. We’re registered with the CRA, and your gift of $20 or more will be tax-deductible.


Start a Best Decorated Purple Pumpkin contest in your office and auction them off to clients or colleagues.

In your school or childcare center, decorate real or paper purple pumpkins and encourage families to donate $1 (which represents the 1 in 100 people who have epilepsy).


Click on the posters below to download; display in your office and around the community.

Get Children Involved

Click on the black-and-white poster below to download and print the colouring page. Remember:  Be sure to take pictures and post them online and tag us in them (we’d love to see them!)