Help ALL Kids Enjoy Halloween – Spread the Word About The Teal Pumpkin Project!

tealKids with life-threatening food allergies often have to take a pass on trick-or-treating, which means missing time with their friends. Here’s a fun way to encourage patients and community members to consider offering non-food treats on Halloween so all neighborhood kids can join in. The Teal Pumpkin Project, launched nationally in 2014 by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), is a way for individuals to signal to neighbors that they're offering alternatives to Halloween candy, such as stickers or small toys. FARE makes downloadable social media materials, promotional flyers and window posters available for anyone to use, including physicians.

According to FARE, teal is the official color of food allergy awareness. The organization estimates that about 15 million Americans have food allergies, equal to one out of every 13 children.