Trick-or-Treating is a fun fall tradition celebrated by millions of families each year. Since Halloween is right around the corner, we wanted to bring attention to the Teal Pumpkin Project for you to consider as your family begins shopping for your goodies to pass out on Halloween night.
The Teal Pumpkin Project focuses on including all children in Halloween festivities by encouraging families to have non-food treats available for children who have allergies or who cannot have a candy treat. The Teal Pumpkin Project was inspired by a local awareness activity run by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee and launched as a national campaign by FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) in 2014. By having non-candy treats available, everyone gets to enjoy a fun night together celebrating Halloween stress free!
What non-food treats should I pass out?
Here are 20 non-food treat ideas that we love!
- Glow sticks
- Mini craft stamps
- Temporary tattoos
- Halloween themed pencils
- Spider rings
- Halloween themed erasers
- Small toy car
- Mini slinkies
- Mini frisbees
- Homemade crayons
- Finger puppet
- Light up ball
- Deck of cards
Remember, you can always have your traditional candy as an option, along with your non-food treat. Simply ask your visitor which option they would prefer when they stop by. Please do consider whether an item has latex for those children with a latex allergy.
How do I let families know that our house is participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project?
Displaying either a pumpkin, sign, or both is a great way to inform families that your home is participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project. We have included a free printable that you can tape on your front door or insert into a picture frame to display on your porch. Another option is to paint a pumpkin using teal paint or purchase a teal pumpkin at your local craft store.
You can also visit the Teal Pumpkin Project Participation Map and add your street or business for parents to know which homes are participating in your area.
We would love it if you would consider participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project and encouraging your neighbors to do the same! If you have any suggestions for non-food treat ideas, please share in the comments section.