Oct 252016
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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:


Ninja guys:


Squishy brains:


And little bendable monsters:


How to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project:

  1. Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters.
  2. Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate to passersby that you have non-food treats available.
  3. 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.

That’s it!

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?

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  84 Responses to “Teal Pumpkin Project: Non-Candy Treat Ideas #tealpumpkinproject”

  1. I’ve been reading about this Teal Pumpkin Project and I really love the idea. I think it’s making every kid’s Halloween a lot of fun, especially for kids with allergy.

  2. I am awestruck to how this was done – definitely impressive and smart idea done, perfect for the season too.

  3. Teal Pumpkin Project is a great idea! This is especially awesome if you know you have a kid or kids in the area that have food allergies. Love it!

  4. I love these ideas! With all of the food allergies out there, I’ve become more and more nervous about passing out candy. I think I’ll do this for Halloween this year.

  5. I think this is a great alternative to candy, especially for kids with food allergies. Plus, kids usually get way too much candy.

  6. I collect little party favor trinkets all year that my kids don’t use. I’m going to mix them in with the candy we hand out this year so any kid that wants a toy instead of candy can still enjoy a treat! I’m not allergic to food but am supposed to be dairy, gluten and sugar free so I can certainly empathize with kids who can’t eat whatever they want because of allergies.

    By the way that teal pumpkin is stunning!

  7. I love the teal pumpkin, it would be so pretty to be part of my halloween decor

  8. I love that pumpkin it is so pretty. I normally give out both candy and toys. I have two pumpkins filled with each and I let them decide what they want. The candy usually runs out first.

  9. We do the teal pumpkin project in our neighborhood. Such a sweet and considerate thing to do. Do you have very many who take advantage of it?

  10. The amount of candy…I really love this idea of not doing more! and I really love that it’s an awesome way to make sure kids with allergies get treats! Thanks – I didn’t know about the Teal Pumpkin!

  11. I think teal pumpkins is such a great idea. There are so many kids out there with food allergies that it’s nice for them to get things other than candy.

  12. What a great idea, I hadn’t heard about this but it’s great to be all inclusive to everyone especially during Halloween when a lot of kids with allergies feel left out! Plus teal is a cute color too :p

  13. I love what you did with your pumpkin and I love that there are options for kids who can’t go with traditional treats.

  14. This is so awesome that there are options for kids who have allergies. It would be a shame that they can’t go trick or treating because of their food allergy.

  15. Love the Teal Pumpkin Project! The bendy monsters are my favorite!

  16. I had no idea that this is what the teal pumpkin meant. What a great list of non candy things to pass out.

  17. This is a great idea. I don’t think I’ve seen any teal pumpkins in my neighborhood, but if I do at least now I will know what they mean. I like the idea of handing out other things besides candy.

  18. I love the idea of the teal pumpkin. Neither of m kids really like candy (yes, I know, they are so weird!!), so they prefer non-candy treats.

  19. I love the idea of the teal pumpkin. Neither of m kids really like candy (yes, I know, they are so weird!!), so they prefer non-candy treats.

  20. My daughter has celiac disease so we love the idea of the Teal Pumpkin Project. We will be handing out non-food treats. We like to make sure they are latex free because latex allergies are also incredibly common.

  21. My husband, who has just recently gone sugar free, was just recently talking about this! He was wondering what kids with diabetes do for Halloween because you don’t see any sugar free Halloween candy options! I love that there are people actually thinking of these cases more and more!

  22. I saw on the news that a school near me was working together as a class to make teal pumpkins for homes wanting to participate! SUCH an amazing idea and so great for all kids – I love this so much!

  23. I have heard of this teal pumpkin project – and LOVE it. And love it for reasons past those with food allergies. Its great for all kids! Why the need for more candy? How about more bouncy balls? … I’m in! 😉

  24. I love giving non-candy treats! I always stick with pencils, stickers, temporary tattoos, small balls, etc. Thanks for sharing these ideas!

  25. This will be our second year to have a teal pumpkin. I remember a little girl coming to our door last year and letting us know she had food allergies – she was so excited to get some non-food treats. I think this is a great treat.

  26. Teal Pumpkin Project is a great idea! I really love it.

  27. This is such a great idea! We usually pass out a fun sized candy and a little toy like a temporary tattoo or pencil for reasons like this.

  28. Oh this is cool. I’m going to have to keep my eyes open for teal pumpkins now. I like the ideas!

  29. Those are great suggestions. I try to buy non-candy items but pencils and stickers are all I usually buy. I’m sure the kids will be so much happier with brains!

  30. I love the idea of the teal pumpkin project and your is gorgeous!! I love the mermaid!

  31. I hadn’t heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project before but I love the idea!! What a great way to allow for every child to enjoy Halloween!

  32. I had heard a lot about this project but never fully looked into it – your post gave me all the info I needed to convnice myself I should do it!

  33. I usually only pass out candy, but I might pick up a few small toys as well.

  34. We bought all non candy things to hand out this year because we have so many friends with allergies.

  35. Thankfully our family is not touched by food allergies, but we know many that are very limited on what they can consume. We always have a choice of either candy or non food items from a separate bowl. Every child should be able to enjoy this fun holiday.

  36. I love that people are participating by putting out teal pumpkins. It’s good to raise awareness about food allergies especially since in some cases it can be fatal. Love that mermaid design of yours!

  37. I heard about the “Teal Pumpkin Project” on Instagram and I think it’s a great idea. I love your alternative treats.

  38. This is so pretty. What a great campaign and I am glad people are participating.

  39. Awesome idea! The kids would love these non-candy treats too. The monster bendables are so cool, and so is the squishy brain!

  40. I have never heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project but what a great idea! I wish I had known about it in time to order some trinkets. You are right, Oriental Trading Company is the perfect place for that!

  41. I love the whole idea of the teal pumpkin project! I don’t really see it catching on in my area though. I’ll have to keep an eye out this year!

  42. These are such cute and totally Halloween centric tricks to give out as opposed to candy! I can’t love this Teal pumpkin project enough

  43. The Teal Pumpkin Project is such a great idea. There are so many children out there that can’t have sugar or have allergies. The non food treats is what I will be doing this year. Thanks for sharing the information.

  44. I’m glad your participating in this, it’s definitely a safer alternative for kids with allergies. I’ve only been aware of the teal pumpkin last year and I really like the idea.

  45. Look how beautiful your teal pumpkin is!!! My kids really are excited about finding teal pumpkins when they go trick or treating!

  46. I usually give candy, but the teal pumpkin idea makes me think otherwise. I wouldn’t mind giving out pencils!

  47. I love that more people are doing the teal pumpkins now!! What a great list of things to hand out to kids.

  48. Oh this is really cool. I should tell this to my daughter

  49. I love that everyone is talking about the Teal Pumpkin Project! I want to stop giving candy and have other options for everyone! Your pumpkin is lovely!

  50. This is a real neat project. You have a good clear set of instructions here; I like your pictures.

  51. Love this idea so much! The ninja guys and the brain are my favorites! How cute are they? The kids will love them!

  52. I haven’t heard of The Teal Pumpkin Project, but I think that it’s a great initiative! We don’t do trick-or-treat here in Spain, so we won’t be giving out any treats.

  53. A thoughtful idea considering many kids do have food allergic. I like the variation of the treats from this The Teal Pumpkin Project, and the color is just adorable.

  54. I love this! I wish I would have known about it sooner. I might have to pick up some things and paint one of our pumpkins teal just to show support.

  55. Wow I never knew about this but this is awesome. I love this concept and I never thought about the kids who would be left out if they have a food allergy or aversion. Cute toys would still be a treat!

  56. I’m fortunate that my kids don’t have allergies so I’ve not really thought about this before, but food allergies can be terrifying. I love the idea of non-food items. Who needs all that candy anyway? This way they can still experience the fun long after the holiday. And now that I know what it means, I’ll be on the lookout for those teal pumpkins.

  57. I just heard about this on Monday. I hate giving out candy so this idea is perfect for me. I buy these type of goodies out at parties but never thought to do it for Halloween.

  58. This is awesome. I personally think that it should all be little novelty toys like this anyway over candy. Such a great project.

  59. I’ve never actually seen a teal pumpkin but I’ll be looking out for them now. This is a great idea as I’m sure kids with food allergies can get upset when receiving all this candy they can’t consume. Toys are much more fun than candy anyway!

  60. What great ideas! My kids would totally love those squishy brains!

  61. Despite celebrating Halloween over the years I never know about the teal pumpkin project so far and I agree we all need to make it a safer festival for everyone. The idea looks simple and I would always love non-food treats for my kids too!

  62. I have been seeing this all over the place lately! It is such a great idea. We don’t get trick or treaters where we are (boo) but when we do, I will be doing this for sure.

  63. Wow! Never thought of coloring a pumpkin teal until now! It looks very cute! I probably would try this out in a few days!

  64. I first learned about the real pumpkin project last year. I love it. We’ll be jumping on board with painted pumpkins.

  65. What an amazing concept! I have many friends who would truly appreciate this!

  66. I truly wish I was going to be home on Halloween to offer this. Such a great thing to focus on!

  67. I wish they would have had this when I was a kid. Not because of allergies, but because my mom gave out raisins or sugar-free gum. This is what happens when your parents are an orthodontist and dental hygienist. If we had the teal pumpkin we could have given out much cooler treats. Maybe that is why we no trick-or-treaters come to our house.

  68. What a wonderful idea this is! That pumpkin is so cute!

  69. Amazing idea, this will entertain the many kids here around the earth 🙂 I should have share it to others 🙂

  70. it was a great discovery! 😉 Amazing post 🙂 Kids now can enjoy their halloween so fun! 😉

  71. I like the teal pumpkin concept… I also like your choices to be given away 🙂

  72. Loving the teal pumpkin project, I don’t really do Halloween

  73. This is the first time that I am learning about The Teal Pumpkin Project™ and it is such a great idea. I never thought about giving non-food items on Halloween until you mentioned it. It’s very considerate to think about kids who may have allergies. I hope The Teal Pumpkin Project™ becomes a thing that’s done even in other countries.

  74. I love this and had never seen it before, but this past weekend our downtown businesses had out teal pumpkins for the downtown trick-or-treat event. Very cool.

  75. We liven the teal pumpkin project! I had no idea what it was until last year. My daughter went to school with a kiddo with food allergies and that’s when I found out about this awesome project

  76. This is so sweet and considerate of you. I’m sure seeing the teal pumpkin is a delight to any kid with a food allergy.

  77. such an awesome project. that little brain is just to cool! First time im hearing about this, thanks for sharing

  78. Did not see any in my neighborhood… but I noticed a lot more houses were offering peanut free or some sugar free candy.

  79. What a great idea and I suppose that parents can feel at ease knowing their child is not going to have a reaction to something they are given. I do wonder how many people know about this though – this is the first I have ever heard of it.

  80. That Teal Pumpkin was awesome and those little toys are really cute too!

  81. I read a post like this one the other day and thought it was a great idea! I relish the opportunity to give the children some different treats that do not involve candy. There is quite a variety here and I am garnishing my arsenal for next year. Thank you so much!!!

  82. I gave candy to the bigger kids, and pretzels to the little ones. I should do the teal pumpkin next year.