This Halloween, the Food Allergy Research And Education (FARE) organization is encouraging communities to start a new tradition that will help make this holiday season less scary for children with food allergies: the Teal Pumpkin Project.
The Teal Pumpkin Project is designed to promote safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies – and to keep Halloween a fun, positive experience for all.
This campaign encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies by providing non-food treats for trick-or-treaters and painting a pumpkin teal – the color of food allergy awareness – to place in front of their house along with a free printable sign from FARE to indicate they have non-food treats available.
Participating is simple – paint a pumpkin teal, or download FARE’s promotional sign to place on your front door on in your window. Then just get some coins and inexpensive toys or trinkets to hand out to your food-allergic trick-or-treaters!
Available at dollar stores, party supply stores, or online shops, these low-cost items can be purchased and handed out to all trick-or-treaters, or made available in a separate bowl if you choose to hand out edible items. Nearly all of these items can be found in a Halloween theme or festive colors.
- Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
- Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
- Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
- Mini Slinkies
- Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
- Bouncy balls
- Finger puppets or novelty toys
- Mini notepads
- Playing cards
It’s a simple gesture that can have a big impact — and don’t forget to tell your school, church, and community groups, and neighbors!