Updated for 2021
Imagine you’re a kid with food allergies and Halloween Trick or Treating is coming soon. If you dress up and get a bag full of candy, chances are you won’t be able to eat any of it because it might contain an allergen.
The Teal Pumpkin Project was started so kids with food allergies can have fun and Trick-or Treat just like all the other kids, without worrying about what’s in the candy.
The idea is: any house that has a Teal Pumpkin out front is planning to give away not only candy but also things like Glow Sticks, stickers, or other toys as an alternative to candy. It’s a way to be as inclusive as possible and help all kids have a fun time on Halloween.
This year you might consider assembling treat bags ahead of time for contactless Trick or Treating. You can decorate your own bags or use pre-made ones.
How can I participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project?
- Paint a craft pumpkin Teal and put it on your front porch. Or heck, even a real one can be painted.
- Paint or color a Teal Pumpkin drawing or a flyer (Free Download) and put it up in your front window or on your front door.
- Make a Teal Pumpkin Yard Sign and post it where all can see. (download link above)
- Buy a Teal Pumpkin from our Amazon Shop.
- Stock up on alternatives to candy.
- No matter what kind of Teal pumpkin or flyer you have, when you’re ready: add your house to the Teal Pumpkin Project Map so families of kids with food allergies can find you.
Ideas for Non-Candy Trick or Treating
- Get Glow sticks in Halloween colors
- Package up pennies in 10-cent bundles
- Package up quarters in 50-cent bundles
- Plastic spider rings
- Bouncy balls
- Pens and pencils
- Halloween stickers
- Halloween Erasers
- Party noisemakers
- anything from the Target dollar bin