Have you ever seen a teal pumpkin for Halloween and wondered what it meant?

The Teal Pumpkin Project ™ began in 2012 to promote awareness of food allergies (teal is the chosen color of food allergy awareness) by offering non-food items as Halloween treats. This project has since expanded, now promoting inclusion of all children for whom candy is not a good option, including children with special healthcare needs, in order to make the holiday a happier and safer one for every child. Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) continues to expand this initiative, and the Teal Pumpkin Project is now worldwide!

You do not need a teal-colored pumpkin on your doorstep to participate! Any household can participate in the adoption of non-food items for trick-or-treaters for Halloween.

What items can be used instead of candy for Halloween? Here are a few ideas:

– bubbles

– stickers

– pens/pencils/erasers

– glow sticks

– spider rings

– balloons

– bouncy balls

– note pads

– playing cards

– bookmarks

More information can be found at: https://www.foodallergy.org/education-awareness/teal-pumpkin-project