A few years ago, I read an article about teal pumpkins for Halloween.
I was a little confused, because I know teal is a popular color – but for pumpkins? You can find orange and white pumpkins at the craft store, and now you can find teal colored pumpkins there too.
Well, there’s a reason for that.
Teal pumpkins are a way to show that your house has allergy-free treats for Halloween.
The Food Allergy & Research Education (FARE) began the Teal Pumpkin Project and explains it this way:
“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.1“
Many people with asthma can also have allergies (including food allergies.) For those of you who have a child with food allergies, you know how hard it is to try to protect them from something that may have their allergen in it. Or, watching for cross contamination.
I understand! Middle son and I have food allergies and have had several accidental exposures to our allergens because of cross-contamination. That lead to several scary allergic reactions.
I wish the Teal Pumpkin project would have been around when my kids were little! It would have made Trick or Treating so much easier for us.
If you want to be part of The Teal Pumpkin Project, it’s pretty easy to do. You can just:
- Buy “non food treats” to hand out on Halloween
- Put a teal pumpkin on your porch to let people know you have non food treats (you can buy one at the craft store or paint a real pumpkin with teal craft paint.)
- Add your house to the map for the Teal Pumpkin project
- Let people your family and friends know!
What are “non food” treats?
Well, they can be fun, inexpensive things – like glow sticks, bracelets, stickers, etc. FARE has a page with ideas if you are wondering what to get.
You can also look at their 2018 Teal Pumpkin Project map on FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) to find any houses near you that have non food treats.
Of course there are still going to be plenty of kids ringing your doorbell who are expecting candy, so you can have a bowl of candy and a separate bowl of non food treats. But how do you know who is there for candy and who has food allergies? You an ask them, or FARE has a sign that you can print out that says, “You Pick: Candy or Prize”
If you want to let your neighbors know about it so they can participate too, you can print out flyers that explains the Teal Pumpkin Project.
You can also print out a sign for your windows that says “We Have Candy & Non Food Treats Here.”
Halloween can be a fun time of year, but not when you have food allergies. It’s hard enough to have food allergies and to have to always check your food before you eat it.
This is an easy way for kids with food allergies to go Trick or Treating!