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Teal Pumpkin Project

The teal pumpkin project. It is to raise awareness about children with food allergies and how to support them in a fun and safe Halloween way. Safe Halloween treat ideas can be found here.

Teal Pumpkin Project – Food Allergies

Have you been seeing the teal pumpkins around and wondering what they are for? I know over the last couple of years, I had been seeing them pop up in the neighborhood near ours where we would take the siblings to go trick or treating.

I didn’t know what they were for, but, now that I know about the teal pumpkin project, I think it is amazing and I get really excited every time I see a Teal Pumpkin around town.

Teal Pumpkin project. To raise awareness for children with food allergies and let them enjoy halloween to by providing allergy safe and different options for children to have instead of normal candy treats

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What is the purpose of a teal pumpkin?

What’s the purpose of the Teal Pumpkin Project? With the increasing amount of food allergies being found in children, Halloween has become more of a stressful time for some families who children are impacted by them.

Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) has started the Teal Pumpkin Project, with hopes of creating a safer and happier Halloween for all children. If you want to be a part of the Teal Pumpkin Project, you can grab a pumpkin and paint it teal, buy a teal pumpkin or find a way to creatively show that you are a part of the teal pumpkin project with a sign or flag or something of that sort.

Etsy has quite a few cute and creative ideas! By doing this, you are showing families that have children with food allergies that you will have other “treats” that are safe for those kids. Since their are so many allergy variations, it is smart to just have non food treats available for those who request them.

Ideas for this kind of “Treat” can be found for little cost at the dollar store, at online stores or party supply stores. This may even be cheaper than buying the big bulk bag of candy.

In order to keep them “safe” for kids with allergies, please keep them in a separate container from your candy to avoid any possible cross contamination.

What does the teal pumpkin project have to do with food allergies? It is helping raise awareness for #foodallergies and giving kids the options to go trick or treating and not worry about their allergies to certain types of foods. #bringawareness #foodallergies #allergyawareness #halloween #trickortreating #fallfun #familyhalloween

I hadn’t really thought about this much prior to having children. When I was younger, it wasn’t as well known I don’t think.

I have now heard some schools send out letters asking all parents to avoid PB&J sandwiches or anything that has to do with peanut butter, even if you child isn’t allergic.

Kids have been sharing lunches and those with allergies were eating things they shouldn’t have. Back in my day, (I can’t believe I just said that at 28 years old!) we didn’t have to worry about that.

I can’t tell you how many times I had a PB&J for lunch. But, even now, our daughter was diagnosed with a dairy and soy allergy at only a few weeks of age. It is something she will grow out of.

But, in the mean time, I have to pay attention to every label to see if things have dairy and soy in them. I can now understand the necessity and be extremely thankful for things like the Teal Pumpkin Project.

If Caroline has any other allergies as she gets older, it will be nice to be able to safely take her Trick-Or-Treating when she gets old enough to and know that she could have the option of other fun “treats” to have when she goes out with her friends.

The teal pumpkin project. It is to raise awareness about children with food allergies and how to support them in a fun and safe Halloween way. Safe Halloween treat ideas can be found here.

What can you do to help?

I think this is awesome to be able to do! If you’d like to participate there are a ton of awesome ways to show your support in the teal pumpkin project. If you are interested in donating to the cause, head to the food allergy site.

Safe treat ideas:

If you are excited to participate in the teal pumpkin project and need some safe treat ideas for those who need them. We have a fun little list here for you:

  • Glowsticks, glowing bracelets and necklaces
  • Pencils, pens, markers, crayons and coloring books
  • Slinkies
  • Noisemakers like poppers, whistles, kazoos
  • Stickers
  • Vampire teeth
  • Bouncy balls
  • Rubix cubes
  • Fidgit Spinner
  • Play Doh Tubs
  • Stamps
  • Slap Bracelets

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We hope that now that you know more of the idea behind the Teal Pumpkin project, that you decide to help support the kids with food allergies during this Halloween Season.

Have a great time out there and be safe!!!


one sharp mama,


Wednesday 4th of October 2017

This is wonderful! My daughter is allergic to peanuts and every halloween, she has to sort through her candy before she can enjoy them.

Wednesday 4th of October 2017

Jolene, I hope you and your daughter can find some houses in your area that participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project! I hope that will help when people only have peanut candies. I'm sure you know how many people love buying the candy with nuts, like Snickers or Almond Joys- because that's what theyyy love. But, not always a good idea for the littles who trick or treat.


Wednesday 4th of October 2017

Yes! I love the real pumpkin project. I first read about it a few years ago and love it's mission. I always try to have a few non-food treats on hand!

Wednesday 4th of October 2017

Amy, that's awesome. I'm so glad you decided to participate!


Wednesday 4th of October 2017

This new tradition during trick-or-treating is perfect! I will be encouraging everyone I know to participate. Have a happy and safe time trick-or-treating this year, and thank you for the info!


Tuesday 3rd of October 2017

This is a great idea! So many Littleā€™s have food allergies. My little nephew has a peanut allergy so when he gets back I trade him anything with peanuts for something else like stickers.

Brittany Ferrell

Tuesday 3rd of October 2017

This is such a great idea! As a teacher, I know what it takes to plan a celebration for even a small group of kids and consider all of their allergies! Halloween should be a time for fun and more treats than tricks, so I love the idea of letting kids know that you will have allergy-free treats on hand. I need to go get a teal pumpkin!

Wednesday 4th of October 2017

Grab yourself a teal pumpkin girl! And thanks for all you do as a teacher :)