Join us in participating in FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project! Display a teal pumpkin to indicate that you are a safe stop on Halloween for kids with food allergies. Teal pumpkins are available at most craft stores, Target, and on Amazon.
The goal of Teal Pumpkin Project is to promote inclusion for all children. You can still hand out candy, just offer children options and include “safe” choices for those with food allergies and other conditions where restricted diets are necessary. It is best to offer these in separate bowls and FARE has “Pick Candy or Prize” signs available to print online. There are also free posters available on the FARE website that you can display to let trick-or-treaters know your home or business offers safe “treat” options. It is a simple act that can mean so much. Click here for your free #TealPumpkinProject resources.
Here are some ideas for non-food treats:
- Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
- Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
- Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
- Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
- Bouncy balls
- Finger puppets or novelty toys
- Spider rings
- Vampire Fangs
- Mini notepads
- Playing cards
Items to avoid:
There are some non-food items that still contain allergens, such as some brands of moldable clay which may contain wheat. Additionally, try to choose latex-free items as there are children who have an allergy to latex. Please be mindful when choosing your safe items.