The Teal Pumpkin Project was launched in 2014 by Food Allergy Research & Education to ensure kids with food allergies enjoy a safe and fun Halloween.
What does a teal pumpkin mean?
If you see a teal pumpkin on someone’s doorstep, that means they are handing out non-food items to trick-or-treaters. This is especially meaningful for kids with food allergies.
How can I participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project?
It’s easy. Just paint or decorate a pumpkin with teal colors and place it on your doorstep. You can also put a sign with the Teal Pumpkin Project Logo. Download the logo here.
What kind of non-food items should I hand out?
Look for Halloween-themed stickers, stencils, bookmarks, spider rings, pencils, notepads, bubbles, glow sticks, and more.
Can I still pass out candy?
Sure. Just play it safe by keeping food and non-food items in separate containers. Then you can give trick-or-treaters the choice, or ask if they have food allergies before deciding what to give.
If you have concerns or questions about food allergies, contact your local Hy-Vee registered dietitian.
About the Author.
Written by Shanell Fyle
Hy-Vee Dietetic Intern
410 S. Riverfront Drive
Mankato, MN 56001