The Teal Pumpkin Project was launched in 2014 by Food Allergy Research & Education to ensure kids with food allergies enjoy a safe and fun Halloween.
What does a teal pumpkin mean?
If you see a teal pumpkin on someone's doorstep, that means they are handing out non-food items to trick-or-treaters. This is especially meaningful for kids with food allergies.
How Can I Participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project?
It's easy. Just paint or decorate a pumpkin with teal colors and place it on your doorstep. You can also put a sign with the Teal Pumpkin Project Logo. Download the logo at www.foodallergy.org.
What Kind of Non-Food Items Should I Hand Out?
Look for Halloween-themed stickers, stencils, bookmarks, spider rings, pencils, notepads, bubbles, glow sticks, and more.
Can I Still Pass Out Candy?
Sure. Just play it safe by keeping food and non-food items in separate containers. Then you can give trick-or-treaters the choice, or ask if they have food allergies before deciding what to give.
If you have concerns or questions about food allergies, contact your local Hy-Vee registered dietitian.