No one likes to feel left out--especially not kids, and especially not on Halloween (possibly the best holiday in the kid universe).
The Teal Pumpkin Project aims to make sure every child, specifically those with food allergies, has a safe and happy Halloween. Their goal is simple: To create a low-risk experience for children with food allergies by encouraging households to offer non-food options to trick-or-treaters. By placing a bright teal pumpkin on your front porch on October 31, you signal to parents and children that you're handing out treats other than candy.
The project, an initiative of the Virginia-based nonprofit Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), was launched in 2014 when a Facebook post promoting the idea went viral. The project has been promoted nationwide since then, and their goal this year is to have at least one house on every block participate.
Here's how you can participate:
1. Paint a pumpkin teal with your family and use it as an opportunity to chat with your children about nut, gluten, and other food sensitivities.
2. Purchase small toys and other non-food treats to hand out. Here's a full list of items recommended by FARE, which includes stickers, notepads, slinkies, bouncy balls, and whistles.
3. Set the pumpkin on your doorstep on or before October 31. (Note: If you don't have the opportunity to paint or purchase a pumpkin, you can download this printable sign instead to signal that you have non-food treats available).
4. You can support the project and help spread the word by clicking here.
5. Enjoy a safe, festive, and fun Halloween 2016.