The Teal Pumpkin Project and how you can participate


Just one pumpkin can make all the difference on a child’s Halloween night.

One in 13 children in the United States has a food allergy – which can make Halloween a challenge for that child and their parents. The Teal Pumpkin Project was created to raise awareness of food allergies and to encourage people to provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters. Non-food treats can also help promote better oral health for kids.

It’s not just children with food allergies that can benefit from non-food treats. Children with various conditions like Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE), Celiac disease, Food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES), and children with feeding tubes, will benefit from this experience.

If you are considering participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project, there are only a few things you need to get started: A teal pumpkin or printable sign (see below for download link), and non-food treats that kids will enjoy.

The great thing is – you can still pass out candy! You don’t need to limit your treats to non-food items. However, it is strongly encouraged that you keep the non-food treats and candy in separate bowls and let the kids decide which one they would prefer.

Here are some fun ideas for non-food treats:

  • Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
  • Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
  • Bubbles
  • Halloween themed Toothbrush
  • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
  • Mini Slinkies
  • Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
  • Bouncy balls
  • Finger puppets or novelty toys
  • Spider rings
  • Vampire fangs
  • Mini notepads
  • Playing cards
  • Bookmarks
  • Stickers
  • Stencils

Download FREE Teal Pumpkin Project Participation Signs