The Teal Pumpkin Project

October 24, 2017 8:56 am

shutterstock_487945603Halloween is around the corner and children everywhere are looking forward to putting on their costumes and trick-or-treating. Unfortunately, children with food allergies are often left out each year because most types of candy are off limits to them. Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) has created the Teal Pumpkin Project to make sure that all children will come home from trick-or-treating with something to enjoy.

Founded in 2014, the Teal Pumpkin Project is a movement to provide non-food alternatives for children in an effort to create a safer and happier Halloween. Last year, households from all 50 states and 14 countries outside the U.S. participated in the movement. Taking part in the Teal Pumpkin Project is simple if you follow these steps:

  1. Place a teal painted pumpkin in front of your home to signify that you are participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project and have non-food items available for trick-or-treaters.
  2. You can also display a sign in your window to explain the meaning of your teal pumpkin. Find printable signs from FARE here.
  3. Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters such as glow sticks, stickers, bubbles or bouncy balls. You can view a more extensive list of non-food treats here.
  4. Add your home to the official Teal Pumpkin Project map.

To learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project, watch the video below.

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