Teal is the New Orange!
The idea of putting out a teal pumpkin began in 2012 with one Mom who wanted to offer non-food Halloween treats. She painted a pumpkin teal (the color of food allergy awareness) and put it out for the trick or treaters to signify that she had safe treats. By 2014, FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) took up the cause, promoting this idea nationwide.
If you want to be a hero to kids with food allergies this Halloween, join me in putting out a TEAL pumpkin this year. You can paint one, or just get it from Target!
To participate, just buy some of non-food treats when you shop for your other treats (I just bought a bunch of glow sticks to hand out). Then place a teal pumpkin on your porch so families will know you have something for kids who have food allergies.
Some other ideas for non-food treats: bracelets or necklaces, pencil toppers and erasers (yes, be THAT house!), bubbles, spider rings, and other Halloween themed favors. Note: most moldable clay contains gluten, a common allergen.
Halloween can be a challenging time for parents who are trying to feed their families well. Consider going teal for ALL kids, not just those with food allergies. It’s a healthier way to Halloween!