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
- 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
Download FREE Teal Pumpkin Project Participation Signs