Teal Pumpkin Project
The Teal Pumpkin is an inclusion based project created by Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) to generate awareness of food allergies during the Halloween season. 1 in 13 children have food allergies that can limit their participation in traditional holiday activities. Remember that many children use feeding tubes and have other feeding differences outside of allergies as well.
From the Food Allergy.org website, “Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you have non-food treats available, such as glow sticks or small toys. This simple act promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions.”
- 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
- Add your home to the Teal Pumpkin Project map
- Spread the word! Share the Teal Pumpkin Project with your friends and family
It’s as simple as that! If you are looking for ideas as what to hand out instead of candy, think of small items like: tattoos, stickers, spider rings, glow sticks, small packets of crayons, pencils, fun erasers and stick on rhinestones. The majority of these small things can be found in bulk at dollar stores.
Don’t feel like you can’t have any candy to hand out to trick or treaters, but if you advertise as a Teal Pumpkin house, keep candy and non food treats in separate bowls. Feel free to ask parents before offering treats, or offer both bowls at once. You’ll be surprised that many kids without food allergies or eating differences will enjoy the non food treats too!