Story By: Kaitlyn Dillard

Featured Photo: “Trick or Treat Tannehill State Park” by Rob Briscoe is licensed under CC by 2.0

Pumpkins come in a variety of different colors, but one color has taken center stage recently- teal pumpkins. An international effort began in 2014 called the Teal Pumpkin Project by Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE). The Teal Pumpkin Project helps provide a safe and fun Halloween for children who might have allergies or when candy might not be an option for certain kids.

There are several easy steps to make Halloween a treat for everyone, such as buying non-food items and putting a teal pumpkin in front of your home to show that you have non-food treats available. Non-food treats can be as simple as small toys, bubbles, and yo-yos. Candy is still a good treat, but FARE suggests keeping your non-food items in a separate bowl.

There are also several tips and suggestions that families dealing with food allergies can keep in mind while out trick-or-treating this Halloween. FARE suggests a variety of rules and tactics, such as emphasizing how fun it is to trick-or-treat and dress up, rather than focusing solely on the candy, and always read the label. According to FARE, some mini or fun-sized candies may differ from the regular sized version, so to always check the label to make sure that there are no harmful ingredients

Halloween is just two weeks away, but participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project is as simple as these few steps:

  • Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters.
  • Paint a pumpkin teal or buy a teal pumpkin at your local craft store, pharmacy or grocery store. (Printable signs are also available at tealpumpkinproject.org)
  • Place your teal pumpkin or sign in a place where trick-or-treaters can see that non-food treats are available.

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