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The Teal Pumpkin Project

Pumpkins are orange right? Well this time of year, they are also teal for Food Allergy Awareness – otherwise known as the Teal Pumpkin Project! Teal is the color of food allergy awareness. The Teal Pumpkin project began as a small event in Tennessee and went nationwide in 2014 with Food Allergy Resource & Education […]

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Pumpkins are orange right? Well this time of year, they are also teal for Food Allergy Awareness – otherwise known as the Teal Pumpkin Project!

Teal is the color of food allergy awareness.

The Teal Pumpkin project began as a small event in Tennessee and went nationwide in 2014 with Food Allergy Resource & Education (FARE) support. It’s celebrated in all 50 states and more than 14 countries, too.

The message of the Teal Pumpkin project is community, inclusiveness and awareness of food allergies – especially during a holiday like Halloween that features so many unsafe treats.

There are many ways to participate – and celebrate! – as part of the Teal Pumpkin Project. By visiting the FARE website, you can register your house as a Teal Pumpkin Project house, meaning you will be handing out non-food treats on Halloween. Don’t forget to display a teal pumpkin or a sign (FARE has printables!) so food allergy families know you have safe treats.

Some GREAT non-food treats are: Glow sticks, pencils, erasers, whistles, bouncy balls, bubbles, spider rings, vampire fangs or stickers. And you can still pass out candy; just be sure to put your Teal Pumpkin Treats in a separate container (Tip: Many retailers have teal pumpkins for sale or you can always paint your own!).

Non-food treats are easy to find: Many large stores like Target now carry them and also Amazon has them, as well as Oriental Trading.

Many large Halloween events are also participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project. In Ohio, the Little Boo and Pumpkin Path at the Toledo Zoo is in on it!

Be sure to offer trick or treaters the option for a non-food treat. For children with food allergies, being able to choose a safe treat will make their night! Being included is so meaningful to food allergy families, as holidays can sometimes be isolating.

Kids with food allergies are just kids – they want to safely trick or treat and enjoy the holiday. Passing out non-food treats is a great way to ensure everyone can enjoy this special day.

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