It is officially fall. The leaves are changing, weather is getting colder, and kids all over the country are getting excited to go trick-or-treating this Halloween. Candy and Halloween go hand in hand, but there are many kids with food allergies that cannot eat the candy they receive in their trick-or-treat bags. Thus, the Teal Pumpkin Project was born!
The Teal Pumpkin Project was created by the Food Allergy Resource and Education (FARE) to raise awareness for inclusivity of kids with food allergies during the Halloween season. The project is simple: place a teal colored pumpkin outside or hang a sign displaying the teal pumpkin found here and buy non-food items to pass out. The Teal Pumpkin Project promotes inclusivity for all trick-or-treaters by having non-food items to pass out, whether alone or alongside candy or other treats. A complete list of ideas of non-food items can be found here. Still want to pass out candy? No problem! Just make sure that you do so safely, and let kids know there are non-food treats available as well.
Get your neighbors involved! Make sure to spread the word about the importance of the Teal Pumpkin Project with your neighbors, and add your location to the map so families know where they can trick-or-treat for non-food treats! You could also host a pumpkin painting party for the neighborhood to promote the project, and get everyone excited for the Halloween season. Let’s have a fun and safe Halloween this year! Croixview Family Chiropractic in Hudson, Wisconsin will be promoting the project, and hopes to see teal pumpkins all over the city!