The Teal Pumpkin Project

Halloween is filled with candy, scares, and orange pumpkins. Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) wants everyone to know about another color for pumpkins, teal! The Teal Pumpkin Project was created to allow all children and young adults to have a safe and happy time trick or treating on Halloween. 

Food allergies in children 

Some of the most common food allergies are milk, eggs, and peanuts. All of these can be found in Halloween treats that could cause a simple rash or a fatal reaction for a child. Non-food items are the perfect treat to allow all children to participate. 

Non-food treat ideas for teal pumpkins

Having a stash of non-food items means you are prepared for ALL the trick or treaters preferably showcased in a blue or teal pumpkin or container is a considerate practice. Some ideas include:



•Glow sticks

•Pencils, crayons or markers


•Spider rings

•Vampire’s teeth

•Playing cards 

It’s important to remember that allergens spread like germs. Make sure to keep the food items and non-food items in separate containers. The last step is to place a teal pumpkin by your front door. This way children with food allergies know your house is carrying some treats for them as well! 

For more information please visit and to mark your house as a Teal Pumpkin home


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