A Safer Halloween: How to Be a Teal Pumpkin House
Want to make Halloween safe for all kids? Have a supply of non-food treats.
If your children suffer from food allergies, Halloween and the upcoming holidays can be a bit of a struggle, to put it mildly. The Teal Pumpkin Project is a great way to revamp your celebration so everyone can enjoy it.
What is the Teal Pumpkin Project?
The Teal Pumpkin Project began as a local awareness activity in Tennessee. The idea quickly spread through word of mouth and social media, and lead to a national campaign with Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014. The goal? To provide a safe Halloween for kids with food allergies by offering non-food treats at the door.
Here’s how it works. If you’ve got an allergic child, look for homes with the teal pumpkins, signs, or posters associated with the project. Behind the doors at those homes will be non-food treats — such as a small toy or other trinket — for your child to enjoy.
Want to get involved yourself? You can find participating homes and add your home to the Teal Pumpkin Project map. Additionally, you can print signs and flyers, or display a teal-painted pumpkin at your house this Halloween. Looking for a teal pumpkin? Try Target, craft stores, and Amazon for options.
When the big night arrives, be ready with some fun, non-food items for children with allergies, in addition to a bowl of candy. Simply ask the kids at the door if they have any allergies. Asking reduces stigma and makes children with allergies feel much more included.
Your involvement will help make the Main Line safer and more fun for children with food allergies this Halloween!
Photos courtesy of Food and Allergy Research and Education.