Got Kids With Food Allergies? Look for Teal Pumpkins This Halloween

FARE's Teal Pumpkin Project raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters.
Courtesy FARE

Teal is the new black (or, actually, orange) when it comes to trick-or-treating this season.

Using the official color of food allergy awareness, the Teal Pumpkin Project was started to let neighbors know that if they see a teal pumpkin on someone's doorstep while trick-or-treating that the house will give out small toys instead of candy to kids with food allergies.

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) picked up on the campaign after an allergy group in Tennessee came up with the idea in 2013.

Instead of or in addition to candy, FARE recommends giving out small items like mini slinkies, spider rings, Halloween-themed erasers, or vampire fangs as fun, safe alternatives for kids with food allergies.

The project has grown quickly in the last three years, with households from 50 states and 14 countries participating last year, according to the project's website. This year, hundreds of thousands of households have committed to distributing non-food treats on the holiday. You can join them by displaying a teal pumpkin on your porch, doorstep, or windowsill on Halloween night.

This year, the Teal Pumpkin Project has partnered with Michaels craft store, which is selling teal craft pumpkins online and in stores.

If you don't have a pumpkin at your house but want to support the cause and give out small toys along with your typical candy selection, you can download and print off a picture of a teal pumpkin to hang in a window or on a door here.

Still want your little one to have a special, edible treat on Halloween? Check out the best snacks for kids with food allergies.

Did your children get a little eager at the pumpkin patch this year? Use those extras to create an adorable and kooky pumpkin caterpillar to greet your Halloween guests.

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