Why You Shoulder Consider Having a Teal Pumpkin This Halloween

Hello, I wanted to share some information about FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project™ – a wonderful campaign that I support and I hope you will too! The Teal Pumpkin Project™ raises awareness of food allergies and promotes a safer, happier Halloween by encouraging households to make non-food treats available so that trick-or-treaters who need to avoid candy – due to food allergies or other reasons – can fully participate. Households can show they are participating by placing a teal pumpkin in front of their home.

Last year, households from 50 states and 7 countries participated in the Teal Pumpkin Project™. This year, you can be part of an even bigger movement! Visit tealpumpkinproject.org to join 100,000 households pledging to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project™.


As someone who cannot eat sugar, I was already considering having an alternative to candy–just in case.  But then I wondered how a family with a child with food restrictions would know where to trick or treat.

Then I found the Teal Pumpkin Project.  Through the use of a teal pumpkin and/or a sign, parents will know which houses have safe treats for their children.

Some of their suggested treats include:


  • Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
  • Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
  • Bubbles
  • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
  • Mini Slinkies
  • Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers

They also have a list of toys, such as molding clay, that may still pose a risk to children with allergies.

I think I’m going to pick up glow sticks, but knowing myself, I might end up wearing a few dozen glow-necklaces before the night is over.

I’m working on raising awareness in my own neighborhood, but since I think this is such a good idea, I just wanted to make sure more people know!

Happy almost Halloween!

The TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT and the Teal Pumpkin Image are trademarks of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).



About Jeanne Marie Hoffman

Former bartender, still a geek. One equal part each cookies, liberty, football, music, travel, libations. Stir vigorously. +Jeanne Marie Hoffman Jeanne on Twitter

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  1. As a parent, I’m going to suggest NOT handing out little noise makers. =D

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