The Teal Pumpkin Project, which aims to provide an allergen-free Halloween for children across the country, has started in earnest for this year.
Parents, families, and food allergy awareness advocates around the United States are putting out teal-painted pumpkins for Halloween. The phenomenon, called the Teal Pumpkin Project, works to provide a safe, allergy-free holiday for children by designating houses which are providing allergen-free treats and prizes to trick or treaters.
Organized by FARE, aided by friends and family.
The teal pumpkins are appearing around the country in yards and on porches as the holiday draws near. The Food Allergy Research and Education advocacy group promotes the teal pumpkin initiative.
Parents, friends, family, and others who know children with food allergies are all coming together to make the Teal Pumpkin Project a success this year. Treats for trick or treaters include things like glow sticks, bouncy balls, spider rings, stickers, or allergen-free food items. Sometimes several of these together.
Only the second year for the initiative, this year is expected to have more than 100,000 participating households in the U.S. Participants are encouraged to post photos and info about their teal pumpkins with the hashtag #tealpumpkinproject on social media.