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Teal Pumpkin Project: Support An Inclusive Halloween For Kids with Food Allergies & Sensitivities

Wondering how you can support children with special dietary needs at Halloween? Participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project!

The Teal Pumpkin Project is a simple way to make trick-or-treating safer and more inclusive for children living with food allergies, and many others impacted by intolerances and other conditions. Placing a teal pumpkin or a teal pumpkin sign on your doorstep signals to trick-or-treaters and their families that you offer non-food trinkets and treats that are safe for all trick or treaters (in addition to candy, or whatever else you normally offer).

The Teal Pumpkin Project was inspired by a local awareness activity run by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET). FACET has an ongoing partnership with the Food Allergy Research & Education organization, FARE. Together, they work to reach families across the country and around the world with the Teal Pumpkin Project’s messages of awareness, inclusion, and community.

You can find FREE printable Teal Pumpkin signs and flyers on the Food Allergy Research & Education website HERE. You can also add your house to the map on their website.


What can you offer Trick-or-Treaters that isn't candy or food?

Quite a lot, actually! Low-cost items can be purchased at dollar stores, party supply stores, or online shops. These are perfect to be handed out to all trick-or-treaters, or made available in a separate bowl from candy if you choose to hand out both options. Nearly all of these items can be found in a Halloween theme or festive colors.

Examples of affordable non-food Halloween treats:

Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces

Pencils, pens, crayons, or markers


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





More Teal Pumpkin Project Resources:


Happy Homeschooling & Happy Teal Pumpkin Halloween, Everyone! :)


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