Celebrate a Happy & Safe Halloween With The Teal Pumpkin Project

By Melissa Shrader Editor/Publisher Loveland Macaroni Kid October 14, 2018


Food allergies are on the rise and the number of children unable to participate in trick-or-treating activities is overwhelming. You can help include all children in the Halloween tradition by placing a teal pumpkin outside of your house, signifying that you have non-food items to pass out. We do both traditional treats and non-candy treats and let the kids choose which they want.
Non-food treats include small toys, bubbles, whistles, rings, crayons, bookmarks, pencils, stickers, etc. You can find inexpensive items on Amazon, at Oriental Trading or in local stores like Target, Walmart and the Dollar Store. For more ideas check out my article with over 100 non-treat items.

Here are some steps to help you get ready to do Non-candy treats and let your neighborhood know about what the Teal Pumpkin Project is about. 

Get your Non-food treats for trick-or-treaters 

Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home of someplace visible (or put up a sign with the teal pumpkin in view)

Add your home to the Teal Pumpkin Project map

Spread the word with friends family neighbors your school with anyone you can! 

Find Printables including dot to dot, coloring, mask here, to show you support the Teal Pumpkin Project. 

By placing a teal pumpkin outside of your house you are enabling a child with allergies (and his/her parents!) to experience the fun of trick or treating without the stress. Find more information HERE

Some common allergies are: 




Tree Nuts 




Shell Fish 


Small list of additional allergens including meat, spice etc

More info about the Teak Pumpkin Project and ways to help support FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) visit the following link.

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