Teal pumpkins are being placed on doorsteps for children to get a special treat if they have a food allergy


Children look forward to Halloween for the fun costumes but more importantly the candy, but for those with food allergies, there’s still a way they get in the Halloween spirit.

The Teal Pumpkin Project is supported by the non-profit organization, Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), but was founded by a food allergy community of east Tennessee.

According to health experts, one in 13 children in the U.S. has a food allergy – that’s roughly two in every classroom.

If you’re the parent of a child with a food allergy and see a teal pumpkin on someone’s doorstep while trick or treating, it means there are non-food treats available.

The main goal of the project is to make sure everyone is included in the fun Halloween tradition of trick or treating.

Some alternate options to candy include:

  • Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
  • Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
  • Bubbles
  • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
  • Mini Slinkies
  • Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
  • Bouncy balls
  • Finger puppets or novelty toys
  • Coins
  • Spider rings
  • Vampire fangs
  • Mini notepads
  • Playing cards
  • Bookmarks
  • Stickers
  • Stencils

Some homes in the Baton Rouge area are participating in the project, so to find where the homes are located and how you can participate, click here.

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