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Have you heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project? It is a worldwide movement to create a safer Halloween experience for all kids. It is about raising awareness of food allergies and promoting inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season.

My boys do not have food allergies, and like any other kids they love getting candy but they also enjoy candy alternatives just as much. As a parent, I am always happy when they receive a non-candy item it is better for their teeth and my kids get enough candy.

Although my kids do not have allergies I like the idea of having both candy and alternatives for other kids who may not be able to eat candy.

Participating is easy, simply place a teal pumpkin on your doorstep. I have seen Teal Pumpkins at my local craft store for $10. You could also paint a real pumpkin Teal, or paint an artificial pumpkin you already own Teal. This is a sign that you have non-food treats available, such as glow sticks or small toys. This simple act promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions.

You can still pass out candy even while placing a Teal Pumpkin on your doorstep. Simply have the option for your trick or treaters and ask if they would like a candy or prize.

Here are some ideas for Non-Food Treats. You can find many of these items at the Dollar Store and party supply store.
Glow Sticks, Small Toys, Small Games, Stickers, Pencils, Necklaces, Rings, Trading Cards, Mini Notepads, Bookmarks, Bubbles, Pens, Crayons, any type of treasure box toys.

The TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT and the Teal Pumpkin Image are trademarks of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). You can find out more information including FREE Resources such as printable flyers and signs on their website.

Please visit the FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) Website and use the many resources they have for you to participate and help spread the word. Thank you for reading if you’ve enjoyed the content you’ve read above please share with your friends.


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