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What Does a Teal Pumpkin Mean? Is Teal the New Orange?

A Teal Pumpkin let's everyone know that this is an allergy safe house where kids can get non-food treats on Halloween. This is so important to children with allergies and to their parents, who worry constantly about how to avoid allergens. The Teal Pumpkin Project was started to keep everyone safe and happy while out Trick or Treating. It's a brilliant idea and hopefully it will grow quickly as a let's keep kids safe movement.

If you want to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Program here is a flyer you can print out to let the trick or treaters who visit you on Halloween that you are a safe spot for them! You will also find a Teal Pumpkin Boo'ed print out so you can play the "You've been Boo'ed Game" this year.

Why Should We Put A Teal Pumpkin Or Flyer On Our Front Door or Porch?

When you put a teal pumpkin, or a teal pumpkin flyer, on your front porch or door it means that you are handing out non-food items for Halloween. It can be a spider ring, a spooky coloring book, or a holiday maze puzzle, it just can't be edible. This action enables trick or treaters with a food allergy the knowledge that they can come to your door and stay safe.

It would be appreciated if you would share the idea of The Teal Pumpkin with your friends and neighbors to ensure a safe Halloween and to help spread the word about this life saving program.

Teal Pumpkins have lots of personality!

Teal Pumpkins have lots of personality!

You Got A Teal Pumpkin - Now What?

You bought a pumpkin and spray painted it teal. Now what? Well, make sure you have non-food treats to hand out on Halloween, that's first.

Okay, so just because your pumpkin is teal doesn't mean you can't go wild decorating it. Look at this cute little mummy pumpkin. I love it and it won't take but a few minutes to wrap yours up like that. You can use gauze or some other sheerish type of fabric. The one pictured has some large googly eyes on it and a black mouth cut out of felt. You can also draw a mouth and eyes on it. I think this is a super easy way to make your teal pumpkin stand out among all the rest.

This teal pumpkin has some sparkly ghosts on it

This teal pumpkin has some sparkly ghosts on it

What Treats Should I Get Instead Of Candy?

Here are some non-edible Halloween goodies you can stock up on instead of candies:

  • 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
  • Stencils

The Teal Pumpkin Halloween Candy Treat Bucket

Take The Teal Pumpkin Poll

This is a personalized sign from the home owners telling how they have non-food treats

This is a personalized sign from the home owners telling how they have non-food treats

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The Teal Pumpkin Project Creates A Safe, Happy Halloween For Kids

Why Is The Teal Pumpkin Project Important?

It's always tricky to manage a food allergy in a child, but Halloween can be especially challenging. So many of the usual Halloween treats are not safe for a child who has a food allergy. Some of these allergies are mild, but some are life threatening. That makes trick or treating a scary event for parents. And an unsafe one for the kids with the allergy.

Did you know that The Teal Pumpkin Project is a worldwide movement? It is helping to provide an alternate source of treats for those kids with allergies. It helps those kids to feel included in this fun holiday without having to deal with candy or food that could be harmful to them. Imagine how difficult it is for a child on Halloween when they are handed food that could harm them. It's got to be a tough situation to deal with at such a young age. The Teal Pumpkin Project is helping to keep Halloween an uplifting and fun experience for everyone.

Some Common Allergens Are

The most common allergens in children (but not all of them) are:

  • nuts
  • soy
  • egg
  • milk
  • wheat

When you read the ingredients on the Halloween candy you see in the stores you will find most of them contain these ingredients. The mini sized candy we hand out at Halloween may not even have the ingredients listed on the label. That makes it much more difficult to keep up with the problem.

What a simple solution non-edible treats are for such a large problem. I love it when there's an easy answer for the tough questions.

Add Your House To The Teal Pumpkin Project Map

Who Started The Teal Pumpkin Program?

The Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET) began a program to promote allergy awareness and Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) was inspired by it. These groups now work together to spread the awareness of allergies and how dangerous they can be. And how we can all work together to help solve this problem.

The web links for both FACET and FARE are published down below in the link section for those of you who like to get more information about the groups and the programs they support.

Where To Find Non-Food Halloween Treats

Become A Neighborhood Captain With The Teal Pumpkin Project - Or Get More Information From Thermo Fisher


Liza from USA on October 20, 2021:

Thank you for sharing this great information. I have no knowledge or whatsoever about it. Kudos to The Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee and Food Allergy Research & Education for starting such a great awareness program, especially for parents. I strongly support the program so kids can celebrate Halloween in a safer and healthy environment. I will share the information with my family members.

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