When your little one has a food allergy life gets tricky. Not only in day to day life but more so when holidays like Valentines Day, Easter and Halloween come around were candy/treats are often handed out.

I came across the Teal Pumpkin Project and even though my own child doesn’t have food allergies I adore the idea that something as simple as a teal colored pumpkin can give a parent a little extra peace of mind while their child enjoys the fun of Halloween.

Launched as a national campaign by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014, the Teal Pumpkin Project™ raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season. Last year, households from 50 states and 7 countries participated in the Teal Pumpkin Project™.  They give clever solutions for treats to hand out such as:

  • Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
  • Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
  • Bubbles
  • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
  • Mini Slinkies
  • Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
  • Bouncy balls
  • Finger puppets or novelty toys
  • Coins
  • Spider rings
  • Vampire fangs
  • Mini notepads
  • Playing cards
  • Bookmarks
  • Stickers

One of the most common questions that Teal Pumpkin Project™ gets is “If I’m part of this do I still hand out candy?“, the answer is “Of course– just do it safely! The point of the Teal Pumpkin Project™ is to make trick-or-treating as inclusive as possible. You can keep the experience safe by keeping your food treats and non-food treats in separate bowls.

I couldn’t imagine being a child and not being able to experience Halloween with the rest of my friends, or even having my own child feel left out due to a food allergy. So if you wish to participate or have more information about Teal Pumpkin Project™ go to their website and help spread the word / peace of mind this Halloween.