Halloween is just around the corner and trick or treaters everywhere are getting their costumes ready for the big night! But what if your child or your neighbor’s child has a food allergy? How can you help these trick or treaters feel included in the fun?

The Teal Pumpkin Project, sponsored by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), is designed to make Halloween safer and happier for all kids. The concept is quite simple: provide non-food treats for trick or treaters. Things like stickers, glow stick, bouncy balls and bubble are great treats that all kids can enjoy. To let families and children know that your house has these allergy safe treats, put a teal colored pumpkin out front of your home. The Teal Pumpkin lets everyone know that your home welcomes all trick or treaters, including those with food allergies.

To learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project and get ideas on safe treats and register your home as a FARE Teal Pumpkin participant.


By Dr. William McCann

Allergy Partners of Western North Carolina