The Teal Pumpkin Project is now in its fourth year as a campaign to raise awareness about food allergies and to help parents and children with food allergies have a safer Halloween. The Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) project has become a national event, reaching millions of people.
The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages families and households celebrating Halloween to paint a pumpkin in a teal color and display it where children trick-or-treating can see it. The pumpkin signifies that the home is distributing allergen-friendly treats or toys.
Halloween trick-or-treat traditions are sometimes anxiety-ridden for parents and children with allergies.
Major food allergens such as milk, eggs, peanuts, and gluten are often found in common treats given out as candies for Halloween. The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages the giving of fun gifts instead of treats, alleviating the allergen concerns of all.
“One in 13 children in the U.S. has at least one food allergy, and reports show that anaphylactic food reactions have climbed dramatically in recent years,” said Lois A. Witkop, Chief Advancement Officer at FARE. “It’s clear that food allergies are a serious public health issue that we all must take seriously. The Teal Pumpkin Project provides an opportunity for all of us to show empathy for kids who often feel excluded. We would love to see at least one teal pumpkin on every block – and it’s a terrific way for communities to come together to celebration inclusion.”
Being part of the Teal Pumpkin Project is simple. Supporters can:
- Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters.
- Paint a pumpkin teal or buy a teal pumpkin at your local craft store or pharmacy, or print a free sign from FARE’s website.
- Place your teal pumpkin or sign in front of your home to indicate non-food treats are available.
More information can be found at TealPumkinProject.org.