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The Teal Pumpkin Project

Author: be well™ with Big Y® Registered Dietitian Team

Make every little angels’ and devils’ holiday by being inclusive for all.

This Halloween, have a plan in place to keep all kids healthy, happy and safe while trick-or-treating. Whether your little pirate has a food allergy or not, having allergy-friendly options to hand out to neighboring ghouls and goblins will ensure all children get to partake in the Halloween festivities. Be sure to show visitors that your house is a safe zone too—Go teal with the tips below!

The Teal Pumpkin Project™ is a national campaign from the non-profit leadership advocacy group Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). Designed to encourage households to put a teal-colored pumpkin on display to signify they offer non-food treats on Halloween, the Teal Pumpkin Project™ helps to ensure every child is able to enjoy a special Halloween treat, regardless of food allergies or dietary restrictions they may need to follow, while providing parents a sense of relief. 

What exactly does going teal mean? The choice is yours! Maybe you offer two buckets and ask children to select their choice of conventional candy or non-food treat like individually wrapped temporary tattoos, pencils, scented dough and bubbles. Or maybe everything you offer is allergy-friendly such as non-food options and allergy-safe treats like allergy-friendly chocolate (e.g.: Enjoy Life® Halloween Candy), 100% juice boxes and fruit snacks.

The goal is to be able to include all children, safely, to your trick-or-treating front stoop party, regardless of their specific food needs.

However you go teal, don’t miss out on FREE resources like these from FARE, available for printing, to encourage others to join the efforts of The Teal Pumpkin Project™ and know you’re a participating family:

  • Non-Food Treats Available Here
  • We Have Candy and Non-Food Treats
  • Toys and Treasures Found Here
  • You Pick: Candy or Prize
  • Plain Teal Pumpkin
  • Teal Pumpkin Project Flyer
  • Flyer with Tear-Off Tabs
  • Trick-or-Treat Goodie Bag Flyers

Find allergy‍-‍friendly houses in your neighborhood this Halloween (or add your own!) with FARE’s new interactive The Teal Pumpkin Project Map.

Visit https://www.foodallergy.org/our-initiatives/awareness-campaigns/living-teal/teal-pumpkin-project to learn more!

Published 9/1/2021