For children of all ages, Halloween brings excitement, eagerness and joy. Although for some parents, Halloween can be a stressful time of the year. With one in thirteen children being affected by allergies, thirty percent of these children have more than one food allergy, making Halloween an extremely difficult holiday for all children to participate in.

In order to come up with an all-inclusive solution, the Food Allergy Research and Education, (FARE) non-profit organization has launched The Teal Pumpkin Project. The Teal Pumpkin Project is a way to support kids with allergies and allow them to still participate in Halloween festivities.

Taking part in the Teal Pumpkin Project is as simple as following four short steps

  1. Purchase/paint a pumpkin teal
  2. Provide non-food treats
    • Glow sticks
    • Stickers
    • Festive pencils
    • Sticky hands
  3. Place the teal pumpkin outside of your home in order to let children and parents know that your house will be providing non-food treats.
  4. Display a free printable sign to let people unfamiliar with the Teal Pumpkin Project know what it is all about!

Over 100,000 homes have taken a part in and campaigned for the Teal Pumpkin Project; the number of homes is hoped to be increased this year as well.

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Cover photo credited to Dallas Garland