Join the Teal Pumpkin Project to Make Halloween Allergy-Friendly
By Catherine Patwell

Join the Teal Pumpkin Project to Make Halloween Allergy-Friendly

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Join the Teal Pumpkin Project this Halloween and make trick-or-treating inclusive to all the kids in the neighborhood.

The Teal Pumpkin Project was launched in 2014 by FARE, Food Allergy Research & Education, to help spread awareness about food allergies in the community.  To join the cause, simply place a teal painted pumpkin at your front door this Halloween to indicate allergy-free non-food treats are available at your house. 

According to, 1 in 13 children in the United States are affected by food allergies, many of which can be life threatening.  Unfortunately, many popular Halloween candies contain common allergens such as nuts, dairy, and wheat; additionally, many mini-versions of treats do not carry ingredient labels, making Halloween extra risky for kids with allergies.  By offering non-food treats, kids can dress up in costume and participate in trick-or-treating without risking harm.

Non-food treats include glow sticks, stickers, bubbles, crayons and markers, playing cards, and other novelty toys. Keep it safe by using separate bowls for food and non-food treats to avoid accidental contamination. By taking the Teal Pumpkin Project pledge, you can help keep the spooky holiday fun and safe for everyone.  Spread the word by posting pictures of your painted pumpkin using #tealpumpinproject!

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