If you see a teal pumpkin this Halloween, it’s not a trick — it’s a warning for kids with food allergies!
Back in 2012, a Tennessee mom named Becky created the Teal Pumpkin Project in an effort to help kids with food allergies on Halloween.
The nationwide effort encourages families — whether their own kids have food restrictions or not — to offer non-food treats on October 31 by placing a teal-colored pumpkin or sign outside their door and offer trick-or-treaters non-food items such as glow sticks, spider rings, Halloween stickers or other goodies.
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), a non-profit advocacy group, is also on board with helping promote the idea. In 2015, about 1 million people visited the group’s website to get information, and about 10,000 of them — probably a fraction of participants — put their homes on an interactive map showing teal pumpkin sites.
Click here to get involved and for more ideas on how to help include kids with food allergies this Halloween!