Make a Child with Food Allergies Smile with The Teal Pumpkin Project!

Posted on: October 19th, 2018by
Republished annually (since 2014) for the benefit of our readers.


Pumpkin project

Get familiar with the Teal Pumpkin Project!


Why participate in the the Teal Pumpkin Project?

Food allergies in children are on the rise. Halloween can be disappointing at the least, life threatening at the most, for children with food allergies. Younger children are likely to have difficulty knowing which treats are off limits and the excitement of going door to door and opening some candy along the way is dangerous for them. With this in mind, Food Allergy Research and Education is promoting the Teal Pumpkin Project, an idea from the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee.


Kids had fun painting!

Kids had fun painting!

How Can the Teal Pumpkin Project Help?

With some inexpensive teal paint from your local craft store (we got ours for less than a dollar), and a selection of non food treats (see our ideas below), children with food allergies can see your home or business as a safe place to trick or treat! Keep the toys/non food treats in a separate bowl and simply ask if there’s food allergies among the ghosts goblins and witches at your door. Need ideas on what to buy? Just visit your local dollar store and you’ll find quite a selection of pencils, erasers, stickers, toy jewelry and more. Pennies and dimes are always welcome too!


10 Candy-Free Allergen-Free Halloween Treats

  1. Stickers
  2. Temporary tattoos
  3. Rubber bracelets and wristbands
  4. Chuck E. Cheese tokens
  5. Mini-water bottles
  6. Scrunchies & hair clips for girls
  7. Army men
  8. Fun pencils
  9. Silly or cute erasers
  10. Party favors like bubbles


Will People Know Why My Pumpkin is Teal?

You can download flyers, lawn signs, sticker templates, and more (in English, French and Spanish) here. Post these at your home, on your car for trunk or treat, ask your school to distribute them. The Teal Pumpkin project has come a long way since its inception – join in and make it a tradition for years to come. The smiles on the faces of those children with allergies will make the little bit of extra effort worthwhile!

Visit for more information on food allergies in children and adults and the Teal Pumpkin Project.



Posted in: All, Parenting Help

Melanie is a stay at home mom of a 6 year old boy and 10 year old girl. She lives in Union County and grew up in Middlesex County. Her children enjoy ice skating (she holds the shoes), crafting, amusement parks, and just generally being kids! Melanie always says, being 45 minutes from NYC or the Jersey Shore makes this the best place to live!

One thought on “Make a Child with Food Allergies Smile with The Teal Pumpkin Project!

  1. Ann Marie says:

    Great idea!! My daughter can not have food dyes so the holidays are not fun for her. I still let her trick or treat but I exchange the candy she can’t eat with small toys or all chocolate candy.

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