What It Is
As Halloween approaches, you’ve probably seen articles here and there about the teal pumpkin project. While they may seem like just a decor trend, the reason behind the color is actually much more meaningful.
In 2014, the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) department wanted to create a safer and happier Halloween for children with food allergies, since some children have such severe allergies they can’t participate in trick-or-treating. FARE encouraged households all around the world to participate in the Teal Pumpkin project and be part of the movement to provide non-food treats for kids. To participate, homeowners place a teal pumpkin on their doorstep and take the pledge, to provide a safe, non-food treat. See the exact pledge on FARE’s website.
How to Participate
This is a great way for homeowners to be more inclusive in their celebrations of Halloween that can be life-threatening to some children.
Some great examples of Non-food treats are:
- 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
- Spider rings
- Vampire fangs
- Mini notepads
- Playing cards
Join the hashtag #tealpumpkin or #tealpumpkinproject on Instagram to share your finished teal pumpkin!