Pumpkins turning teal for food allergy awareness

Help make trick-or-treating less scary for food allergy families.

You might’ve noticed teal pumpkins popping up on your Instagram and Facebook feeds and even your neighbors’ porches over the last couple weeks. And no, it isn’t some Pinterest fad–it’s all about food allergy awareness.

Halloween can be a tricky time for families with food allergies. Some of the most common allergens are all up in those Fun Size Snickers and Milk Ways. The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages food allergy awareness by encouraging families to provide non-food items for the trick-or-treaters darkening their doorways on October 31st. You can also mark your house as “food-allergy-friendly” by painting a pumpkin teal (the color of food allergy awareness) and setting it out on your porch.1

A few non-food items you could pass out, courtesy of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)

  • 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

For more information, visit FARE’s website.

Photo by: somebox

  1. FARE also has printable signs you can post alongside your tealed-out gourd. 
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Valerie Catrow

Valerie Catrow is editor of RVAFamily, mother to a mop-topped first grader, and always really excited to go to bed.

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