The Teal Pumpkin

When you are out trick-or-treating this Halloween, you might see a teal colored pumpkin on some front steps or porches.

It's called the Teal Pumpkin Project and it's quickly becoming more popular and gaining national attention.

The Teal Pumpkin Project, created by FARE (Food Allergy and research Education) is a great way for kids with food allergies to trick-or-treat without the fear of coming in contact with ingredients within candy that may give them an allergenic reaction.

Food allergies affect 1 in every 11 children, or roughly two in every classroom. That's a lot of kids who might feel left out of the festivities.

A teal pumpkin  indicates that the home is safe for trick-or-treaters with food allergies and offers non-food treats, most of which are available at your neighborhood dollar store:

  • 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

You can download a free sign to put on your porch to let trick-or-treaters know you are handing out safe treats for Halloween.

Source: FARE (Food Allergy and research Education)

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