Have you heard about the Teal Pumpkin Project? The Teal Pumpkin Project is a program launched in 2014 by Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) to raise awareness of food allergies and promote inclusion of all trick-or-treater’s during the Halloween season. Children with food allergies often can not fully enjoy or experience celebrations like Halloween that are heavily filled with food. Candy is often sources of peanuts, tree nuts, and other potential allergens.
Participants in the Teal Pumpkin Project pledge to offer a non-food treat to trick-in-treater’s in order to include everyone and provide safe treats to kids with allergies. All you need to do is paint a pumpkin teal and place the pumpkin outside of your home to let parents and children know that they can get a safe treat this Halloween. FARE also has signs and other materials that you can download to help let other know about your pledge. FARE also has a list of non-food treats that you can include.
I purchased Halloween themed pencils and erasers to give out to trick-or-treater’s. I will also have candy, but will keep the pencils and erasers separate from the candy treats. Some of the non-treat items include glow sticks, bubble, stickers, bookmarks, spider rings, fangs, and bouncy balls. Take the pledge today and help make Halloween and safe and fun time for everyone!