If you are seeing an increase in teal colored pumpkins this Halloween, they are not just for decoration. These brightly colored pumpkins are a welcome sign for children with food allergies. Ghosts, goblins, and other trick-or-treaters can find safe, alternative treats at houses with a teal pumpkin outside.
Some of these alternatives treats can be glow sticks, inexpensive small toys, spider rings or stickers. The benefit to this is that alternative treats can last longer than the typical Halloween candy would and be used again and again by kids.
The Teal Pumpkin Project is designed to raise awareness for children with food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters. Halloween can be a tricky time of the year for some children who deal with specific food allergies. There is no way to guarantee a child will not come in contact with their allergen while trick-or-treating, making many candies off-limits.
The Teal Pumpkin Project aims to create a way for children who have allergies to also enjoy the holiday. The color teal is bright and easily spotted which provides a convenience distinction for trick-or-treaters. Teal is also the color of food allergy awareness.
You can support the Teal Pumpkin Project by placing a teal colored pumpkin or Teal Pumpkin Project sign in your yard. This indicates that you will hand out non-food treats as an alternative to candy. You can still hand out candy, just be sure to separate the treats and allow trick-or-treaters to choose which they would like.
The Teal Pumpkin Project has been organized by the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) organization since 2014. It offers free, printable Teal Pumpkin Project signs.
Lindsay Garbacik is an intern at Central Penn Parent. She attends Cedar Cliff High School in Camp Hill.