Teal Pumpkin Project Could Be Saving Lives this Halloween

Trick-or-treaters and their parents may have noticed teal pumpkins set in front of their homes as they hit the streets for candy this Halloween. The blue pumpkins are being painted as part of an initiative to raise food allergy awareness by organizing Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) to encourage those celebrating Halloween.

The blue pumpkin was painted as part of the Teal Pumpkin Project, an initiative through the organization Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) to encourage those celebrating Halloween to raise awareness of food allergies. The idea behind the teal pumpkins is to include kids who want to trick-or-treat, but can’t always eat candy because they contain allergens.

“Halloween can be a tricky time for families managing food allergies,” reads the Teal Pumpkin Project website.” Many traditional Halloween treats are not safe for children with life-threatening food allergies.”

Today is the day! We look forward to seeing photos! Be sure to tag #TealPumpkinProject and @FoodAllergy to continue sharing the Teal Pumpkin Project with friends near and far! pic.twitter.com/DrXwLdX4a5.

– FARE | Food Allergy Research & Education (@FoodAllergy) October 31, 2017.
To open up Halloween to kids with allergies, people were asked to hand out cheap toys or other non-food treats instead of candy and put out a teal pumpkin to show that the family is allergy-friendly. According to FARE, teal is the color that symbolizes food allergy awareness.

To see which families in your area are participating in the teal pumpkin project, check out this map from FARE, which lists families with teal pumpkins by location. You can indicate that your home will welcome children with allergies by clicking on the plus sign on the map, and adding your name and address.

For those who are hesitant to break the tradition of handing out candy, FARE recommends placing edible treats and toys in a separate bowl.