Each fall, bright orange and spooky white pumpkins line the steps of local homes. Some are carved with jack-o-lantern faces, some sport decorative patterns, and some may even be painted a vibrant teal.
These teal pumpkins are part of a movement called the Teal Pumpkin Project. Launched in 2014 by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), the project promotes safety, inclusion and respect for people with food allergies. Placing a teal pumpkin at your front door, or posting a sign on your door or windows (free printouts are available online
) means you are offering trick-or-treaters with food allergies a fun and safe option.
Consider supporting the movement by providing a non-food option for kids for whom candy is not an option. Some great hand-out ideas include:
- stickers or stamps
- glow sticks
- crazy straws
- bouncy balls or finger traps
- friendship or snap bracelets
- pencils or pencil toppers
- Silly Putty or mini Play-Doh
- kazoos, whistles, clappers or other noisemakers
- mini parachute figures or airplanes
Still love to hand out candy (and let’s be honest, eat the leftovers)? You can still do this, but please make sure to do so safely! Keep your food treats and non-food treats in separate bowls to make trick-or-treating as safe and inclusive as possible.