Thousands of households across the country – and around the world – are participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project™ this Halloween. Here’s a short list of reasons to join this international movement to create a safer, happier Halloween. You can get involved at tealpumpkinproject.org!
1. You stand with the 6 million children who have food allergies
Halloween can be a tricky time – quite literally – for families managing this disease because many traditional Halloween treats aren’t safe for children with life-threatening food allergies. The Teal Pumpkin Project™ is designed to promote safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies.
2. It’s fun!
Spotting a teal pumpkin at a neighbor’s house is a thrill for kids and their parents. The Teal Pumpkin Project™ is a way to connect with families in your community in a whole new way!
#tbt Halloween, 2014. Milo’s Captain Barnacles costume he requested for an Octonaut Halloween and, later, birthday theme. For you ladies, @creativereveries and @quirkygranolagirl ! 🎃#diyhalloweencostumesaretoomuchwork #tealpumpkinproject #allergyawareness A photo posted by Carissa (@treadletothemetal) on Sep 17, 2015 at 8:02am PDT
3. It’s something different
Do you give out the same treats and carve the same orange jack-o-lantern year after year? Try something new! It’s a simple way you can help children have a great day.
4. Halloween candy isn’t an option for lots of kids
5. Kids love non-food treats
Have you met a kid who doesn’t love glow sticks, bubbles and stickers? We didn’t think so.
It’s almost Halloween! And it is supposed to be scary, but for kids with food allergies it can be scarier than usual. Finding treats that won’t potentially trigger allergic reactions can be tricky. That’s why Food Allergy Research & Education, or FARE, is trying to start a new tradition in the spirit of inclusion and safety. The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages people to paint a pumpkin teal, the color of food allergy awareness, to indicate that their home is safe for trick-or-treaters with food allergies and offering non-food treats such as small toys. #tealpumpkinproject #teal #pumpkin #firstdayoffall #allergies #webstagram
A photo posted by @mom.hacks_ on Sep 22, 2015 at 8:16pm PDT
6. You can express your creativity
Use your imagination to come up with a unique design for your pumpkin or a non-food treat option that will make your trick-or-treaters shriek with delight.
My daughter and I had fun bringing this teal fairy monster alive this morning. She’ll be heading to the SF Bay Area walk with us in a few weeks to be entered into their #tealpumpkinproject contest! We have yet to name her… Any ideas? We say that she is sprinkling fairy dust on all food allergy families to keep them safe at Halloween and everyday. #foodallergies #crafty #diy #halloweencraft #halloween #handmade #fare @foodallergy A photo posted by Busy Bee Kate (@busybeekate) on Sep 27, 2015 at 12:24pm PDT
7. It’s a conversation starter
Displaying a teal pumpkin in front of your house is a great way to spark conversation and help educate others about food allergies and the benefits of providing non-food treats.
8. You’re supporting a great cause
Supporting the Teal Pumpkin Project™ means supporting Food Allergy Research & Education, also known as FARE. As the leading nonprofit organization working on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, FARE’s mission is to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments.
My little cousin has a terrible rare disease that doesn’t allow him to eat ANYTHING, Imagine how Halloween must be for him! Pledge your support for FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project to create a safer,happier Halloween by offering non-food treats for trick-or-treaters!tealpumpkinproject.org #tealpumpkinproject #happyhalloween #happierhalloween #FARE A photo posted by Caty (@caty_nicholson) on Sep 30, 2015 at 8:51am PDT
9. Because all kids deserve a safe, happy Halloween
What better reason to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project™ than ensuring every trick-or-treater who comes to your door leaves with a smile? You can help make sure all trick-or-treaters are included in the fun on Halloween.
Merritt and his peers will be known as Generation A. The unfortunate reality is that food allergies are becoming more and more common. @foodallergy has brilliantly come up with the #tealpumpkinproject. By placing a teal painted pumpkin outside of your home you’re pledging to offer some non-food related items for trick-or-treaters with special diets. This #allergymom is feeling more optimistic about the “real world” because of the people behind organizations like this! It is wonderful to know there is open minded kindness out there. This was the sacrificial styrofoam pumpkin to paint after I found many teeth marks and two big bites missing from the back…. Remnants of another butternut squash pop for breakfast around that big toothy grin. #foodallergies #allergyawareness #TealTakeover A photo posted by Katherine Boggs (@katherineannboggs) on Sep 24, 2015 at 7:06am PDT
10. It’s easy!
FARE has a number of free downloads available at tealpumpkinproject.org like flyers, signs and pumpkin stencils. You can also purchase a premium 11″x17″ poster and an official Teal Pumpkin Project™ Trick-Or-Treat Goodie Bag at FARE’s online store.
Are you ready to join 100,000 households pledging to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project™?