This week is your family’s last chance to prepare for a Teal Pumpkin Project® Halloween, but don’t worry— we have all the information you need for last-minute preparation right here!
If you’re not already familiar, FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project encourages families to provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters to help ensure that kids with food allergies, or any child who cannot have candy as an option, can enjoy a safe, fun Halloween experience. By painting a pumpkin teal, or purchasing a teal pumpkin, and placing it on your porch, you can let other families managing food allergies know that you have non-food treats available at your home. A teal pumpkin is also a way to raise awareness in your neighborhood about food allergies!
Here’s a quick list of ideas to help welcome your teal pumpkin trick-or-treaters on Halloween night.
- FARE has a number of signs and posters for you to use to help communicate to your visitors that you are handing out non-food items in support of all children with food allergies (also in Spanish and French!). Check out these free resources here.
- The goal of the Teal Pumpkin Project is to make trick-or-treating as inclusive as possible, so if candy-giving is part of your tradition, you can continue to do so! You can keep the experience safe by keeping your food treats and non-food treats in separate bowls.
- If you’re offering both candy and non-food treats, ask the kids: “Would you like candy or a special prize? You pick!”
- If you only have non-food treats you can say: “Pick from this bowl of toys and treasures!”
- Some examples of non-food items include: glow bracelets or necklaces, pencils, markers, boxes of crayons, erasers, bubbles, bouncy balls, coins, spider rings, mini notepads, playing cards, bookmarks, stickers and stencils.
- For those with pumpkin allergies, you can paint a plastic pumpkin. Painting a plastic pumpkin is also a way to reuse the same pumpkin year after year. Acrylic or spray paints are recommended, and those with milk allergy should avoid using paint containing milk.
- Find out which houses in your area are participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project by searching FARE’s crowd-sourced Fever Map. And don’t forget to add your own household to the map!
- Connect with your friends and neighbors and encourage them to learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project and participate. Print out FARE’s flyers and hand them out, or host an event like a teal pumpkin painting party.
We hope you will join in our effort to make Halloween more inclusive for children with food allergies! Learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project by visiting www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project.