The Teal Pumpkin Project: How to Get Involved

By Tonka Dobreva 10.30.2016 interact

When we think of trick-or-treating, the first thing that comes to mind is the excitement from getting to collect a bag full of your favorite candy. But that may not be the case for kids who have food allergies. One organization is on a mission to change that and make Halloween trick-or-treating equally exciting for those who can’t share in the enjoyment of the tasty treats.

In 2014, the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) launched the Teal Pumpkin Project — an intuitive that focuses on offering non-food treats, such as glow sticks or small toys, instead of candy, so all children can go home with something exciting. The project has become a worldwide movement, and in 2015, all of the 50 U.S. states and 14 other countries participated.

View More: if you want to make Halloween special for kids who can’t enjoy traditional candy, here’s how:

  • Get creative! Think of some small non-food treats that may get kids excited.
  • Once you’ve supplied the goodies, paint a pumpkin in teal color and place at your front door to indicate that you have non-candy treats for kids.
  • You may also want to download and print one of their free posters that explains why your pumpkin is this unusual color.

You can share in the comments section below your favorite ideas for non-candy goodies that would make for a great Halloween treat!


  1. Anonymous

    I love this idea!!!

  2. carly

    i think this is a great idea because there is a lot of kids who have allergies to a lot of food and cannot have certain candies so its a good idea to hand out little trinkets.

  3. saeeda

    i think that it was a great idea and we thank those who did it because that really means alote even though they dont get no candy they will get what they want

  4. Trevor siddell

    bet the dentist like to here about this project

  5. Warren Goetz

    I think it is a good idea because some young kids on Halloween can’t have any good chocolate. Which I like all kinds of chocolates.

  6. Warren Goetz

    I think it is a good idea for the Teal Pumpkin Project because some young kids can’t have most of the good candy on Halloween, and Halloween isn’t fun if you can’t have a bunch of good candy.

  7. Emilee b.

    I think the teal pumpkin project is a good idea because for people like me who have allergys need to be aware of what we eat. Espicailly on Halloween.

  8. wyatt hilkin

    I think it would be a good idea if you put both out for people how don,t have allergys.

  9. Bryer Jenks

    I have alergic reactions so cout me in.

  10. Brooke

    I think the teal pumpkin project is a good idea since there are people who have food allergies and they can’t eat much.

  11. Yesenia

    I think the teal pumpkin is a great idea but to make it fair why don’t you put both out? Candy and the fun prizes?

    • wyatt hilkin


  12. Tyquan Bates

    I think it is a good thing because my brother has food allergies and can’t eat chocolate

  13. Brenna

    I like the idea of the teal pumpkin project because my cousin has food allergies to milk eggs and beef so she can’t eat many things

  14. Olivia Fischer

    I think that this is a good idea I wish that a lot of families did this

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