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The Teal Pumpkin Project Takes Off

FARE is thrilled that so many families across the country are planning to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project! The idea is simple –pick up some inexpensive toys (ideas can be found on our website), paint a pumpkin teal and place it and a free, downloadable sign from FARE in front of your home to show that you have non-food treats to hand out.

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The campaign has been tremendously popular on social media – reaching nearly 5 million people on Facebook – and has been featured by national and local media across the country. Here are just a few of the articles, news clips, and radio spots that have helped promote this fantastic campaign for inclusion:

Teal pumpkins try to change Halloween for kids with food allergies (CNN.com)

How to Make Halloween Less Scary for Food Allergies (ABCNews.com)

Teal pumpkins make Halloween safer for kids with food allergies (TODAY.com)

Teaching My Daughter to Be An Advocate With The Teal Pumpkin Project (Huffington Post Blog)

Teal Pumpkin Movement Has Roots in East TN (WBIR) 

A safe Halloween for kids with food allergies (Fox 5 News New York)

Teal Pumpkin Project for Kids with Food Allergies (Good Day Columbus)

For allergic trick-or-treaters, teal pumpkin to signify special goodies (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Teal Pumpkin Project Seeks To Include Kids With Food Allergies (CBS Los Angeles)

Teal Pumpkin Project: Halloween for Chicago kids with food allergies (Chicago Parent)

Flavor HD: The Teal Pumpkin Project and dishes with bugs! (WGN Radio Chicago)

We hope that you will join us by participating in the teal Pumpkin Project and help spread the word to your friends, family and neighbors to encourage widespread involvement!

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You can download a flyer on FARE’s website to pass out, or share information via email or social media. Tools are available at http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project.

Share pictures of your Teal Pumpkin Project using #TealPumpkinProject!

11 thoughts on “The Teal Pumpkin Project Takes Off

  1. Reblogged this on A Nester's Nest and commented:
    I know this has absolutely nothing to do with design or furniture, but the Teal Pumpkin Project is an awareness campaign started by FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) that is near and dear to my heart. For those who aren’t familiar with the Teal Pumpkin Project, it is a new tradition that will hopefully encourage people to raise awareness of food allergies by painting a pumpkin teal (the color of food allergy awareness) and placing it on their front porch. The teal pumpkin is a symbol to alert trick-or-treaters that non-food treats are available.

    The reason this campaign is so important to me is because my 4 year old has a severe/life-threatening allergy to peanuts and tree nuts. When my daughter was only 15 months old, she had a full-blown anaphylactic reaction to a TINY bite of a peanut butter cookie. It was terrifying and took us completely by surprise. Today, she is no different than any other healthy 4 year old. She is silly, mischievous and full of laughter…she just has to pay closer attention to what she eats and to what food is near her.

    Make no mistake, the Teal Pumpkin Project is NOT trying to outlaw candy at Halloween…it’s just trying to raise a little awareness and help ALL kids enjoy the night. According to FARE’s website, “The Teal Pumpkin Project is designed to promote safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies – and to keep Halloween a fun, positive experience for all.”

    Did you know it is estimated that around 15 million Americans have food allergies? Or that food allergies affect 1 in every 13 children (under the age of 18)? That’s 2 kids in every classroom. Astounding, isn’t it?

    This morning, I was elated to see the Instagram picture I took of our own little teal pumpkin featured on FARE’s blog! It’s exciting to see our pumpkin help raise awareness for so such a great cause. Plus, it’s just a pretty picture.

    We have a plethora of glow sticks, temporary monster tattoos and yes, even a little allergen-friendly candy ready to pass out to all the little goblins who ring our doorbell on Halloween night.

    Wishing you all safety and fun on October 31st!

  2. I really like this idea. We started handing out small toys last year after our family’s experience with a feeding tube. He couldn’t have candy for different reasons, but it’s still nice to have an alternative!

  3. I love this idea! Wouldn’t it make sense for kids with the peanut allergy to carry a teal pumpkin to carry candy? That would let people know to give them candy without nuts or another toy. I know I have seen them at target.

  4. This is a very creative and fantastic idea and project. I know a few people that hand out toothbrushes and things like glow sticks to the kids. It is actually amazing how many kids really enjoy getting a new toothbrush. I witnessed a food additive allergy wreck a good friend’s entire summer growing up. FARE does some great things! Good job on this one as well.

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