Have you heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project? Odds are good that you have, but if not, here’s a quick catch-up:
The Teal Pumpkin Project was started in 2014 as a way to include kids with food allergies in trick-or-treating fun. Placing a teal pumpkin outside your door alerts trick-or-treaters that you have non-food goodies available to hand out. Currently one in 13 kids in the U.S. have food allergies of some kind. The eight most common allergens are: soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, wheat, fish and milk.
If you choose to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project, it doesn’t mean you can’t also hand out candy. Just keep separate stashes of goodies to avoid cross-contamination. One other thing to keep in mind is that play-dough contains wheat, a common allergen, so it’s best not to hand that out to children with allergies.
This year our house is handing out Yum Earth Lollipops and Halloween-themed stickers. But the options are extensive, so get creative! I would love to collect a list of neighborhoods where families know they can find teal pumpkins. Comment if you are planning to be a Teal Pumpkin house to help families with allergies find you on this wonderful spooky night of fun.