Halloween is one of my favorite holidays – I love costumes and all of the background historical/folklore/urban legend spookiness that comes with it. I love to decorate the house, pick out pumpkins and share some of my favorite Halloween movies with my family. Has anybody seen Hocus Pocus, The Halloween Tree or The Nightmare before Christmas? Ok…that last one is really a Christmas movie….but it works! I also look forward to taking my kids out trick-or-treating in the neighborhood because I can eat all the candy that they are not “allowed to eat”.

That is always fun but have you ever considered what Halloween is like for the thousands of kids who cannot safely participate in the festivities due to food allergies?

This Halloween, FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), is encouraging communities to start a new tradition that will help make this holiday season less scary for children with food allergies: the Teal Pumpkin Project. This campaign encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies by providing non-food treats for trick-or-treaters and painting a pumpkin teal – the color of food allergy awareness – to place in front of their house along with a free printable sign from FARE to indicate they have non-food treats available. The Teal Pumpkin Project is designed to promote safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies – and to keep Halloween a fun, positive experience for all.


 Please take a moment to check it out and consider spreading the word in your neighborhood to support kids with food allergies who deserve safe alternative treats!

 Some ideas for food alternative treats: 

  • 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

Let us know about your Halloween plans! What is your family doing for Halloween?

Check out this post for instructions on how to make your very own teal pumpkin!

DIY: Teal Pumpkins

Liz Cameo Liz