Have you noticed an increase of teal colored pumpkins on people’s doorsteps in your neighborhood over the past few years and have been wondering why? It’s because of a relatively new nationwide initiative dedicated to making Halloween safe and fun for all kids and it’s called the Teal Pumpkin Project.
Every child should be able to experience the joy of going out trick-or-treating on Halloween night, but often times kids with food allergies are left out of the fun since most candy is off limits to them. The Teal Pumpkin Project helps make sure that all kids will be able come home on Halloween night with something they can enjoy.
The Teal Pumpkin Project™ was launched by the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014. It’s a great way to let people know that you are offering non-food treats to trick-or-treaters on Halloween. This way, kids with food allergies and other medical issues such as diabetes can still have a fun & safe Halloween.
Instead of candy a few of the parents I know in town are beginning to offer things like bubbles, glow sticks, spider rings and little bouncy balls for the trick-or-treaters that come to their home. Oriental Trading Post has lots of safe, non-food Halloween goodies for you to offer to your trick-or-treaters this year if you are planning on participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project. This way no one has to miss out on the Halloween fun.
This year we are passing out things like little bouncy balls:
And little bendable monsters:
How to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project:
- Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters.
- Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate to passersby that you have non-food treats available.
- If you don’t have a teal pumpkin available, put up a sign so that trick-or-treaters know that you have non-food treats.
Neither of my kids have food allergies, but my niece does. I see how much my brother & sister in law worry about what she eats – especially when she’s at daycare and they aren’t with her to keep an eye on what she eats. It makes me so happy to know that because of the Teal Pumpkin Project, she can have a happy and most importantly, SAFE Halloween.
What kinds of treats do you pass out on Halloween?