Halloween is right 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 & Education (FARE) has created the Teal Pumpkin Project to make sure all children will come home from trick-or-treating with something to enjoy.
The Teal Pumpkin Project is a movement that was founded in 2014 to provide non-food alternatives for children, with the goal of creating a safer and happier Halloween for everyone. Last year, households from all 50 states and 14 countries outside the U.S. participated in the movement. To take part in the Teal Pumpkin Project, follow these simple steps:
- 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. You can paint pumpkin cutouts to store and use year after year. Many stores also now carry plastic teal pumpkins as well.
- Display a sign in your window to explain the meaning of your teal pumpkin. Click here to find printable signs from FARE.
- Provide trick-or-treaters with fun non-food items such as glow sticks, stickers, bubbles and bouncy balls. To view a more extensive list of non-food options, click here.
- Add your home to the official Teal Pumpkin Project map.
Along with the Teal Pumpkin Project, many people choose to give out treats that are considered “allergen-free,” meaning they do not contain the eight common food allergens responsible for 90% of reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, soy, wheat, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. For a list of these treats, click here.
Watch the video below to learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project.Tags: Holiday