Do you know what the Teal Pumpkin Project is? If you do, kudos. You are just one step closer to making a difference in the food allergy community.
The Teal Pumpkin Project was inspired by a local awareness activity run by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET) and launched as a national campaign by FARE in 2014. FARE thanks FACET for their ongoing partnership as they work to reach families across the country and around the world with the Teal Pumpkin Project’s messages of awareness, inclusion and community.
We have many family and friends that have food allergies and it saddens us at times when they can not enjoy in many of the same activities that those of us who don’t have food allergies can. Halloween is one of those holidays that for folks that have food allergies can be difficult for them to enjoy, that is why the Teal Pumpkin Project is so great! It helps for those with food allergies to not feel left out and what a great feeling that is to see a smile on a child’s face that other wise wouldn’t be able to enjoy Halloween like his or her peers that don’t have food allergies can.
The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season. The steps to participate are:
- Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters.
- Place a teal pumpkin – the color of food allergy awareness –in front of your home to indicate you have non-food treats available.
- Display a free printable sign or premium poster from FARE to explain the meaning of your teal pumpkin.
Halloween can be a tricky time for families that have to manage food allergies. Many traditional Halloween treats aren’t safe for children with life-threatening food allergies. The Teal Pumpkin Project promotes safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies. This worldwide movement offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option. It keeps Halloween a fun, positive experience for all!
To participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project it’s simple. Pick up some inexpensive toys, and place a teal pumpkin and/or a free printable sign from FARE outside your home to show that you have non-food treats to hand out. Supporting the Teal Pumpkin Project is a simple gesture that can have a big impact. For example we like to go to our local Dollar Tree or Dollar General Stores and purchase toys and fun party favors. We also pick up some all natural fruit snacks aside the regular mixed candies that we would buy for the other children. But having the toys and party favors help those children with allergies not feel left out. We have something for everyone to make the holiday fun for all.
Do you want to help spread the Teal Pumpkin Project’s messages of a safer, happier Halloween for all even further? You can support FARE and the Teal Pumpkin Project in a variety of ways:
- Download FARE’s promotional flyer to circulate in your local community so that your neighbors can take part too!
- Host a Teal Pumpkin Project inspired fundraising event to support FARE
- Order an official Teal Pumpkin Project Halloween Essentials Kit that includes a fun selection of non-food treats, a pumpkin stencil, support poster, cool trick-or-treat bag, and more.
- Make a donation and receive a free Teal Pumpkin Project magnet (while supplies last)
- Download free materials and use the hashtag #tealpumpkinproject to help us spread the word.
A Guide to Non-Food Halloween Treats Info-graphic:
This info-graphic shares ideas for offering treats on Halloween that aren’t candy or food to promote inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions. Download Now>