Teal Pumpkins Welcome Kids with Food Allergies

Melissa Kossler Dutton
Teal pumpkins aim to raise awareness of food allergies and to create a safer, more inclusive celebration for all trick-or-treaters.

Halloween can end with more tricks than treats for children with food allergies. Many spend the last hours of the evening sorting candy and ridding their goodie bags of items that contains nuts, milk, gluten or other allergens—or those that have a label warning that they “may contain” them.

Families can make the night more fun for little ones with allergies by stocking nut-free and other “safe” treats and setting out a teal pumpkin. The Teal Pumpkin Project was started by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), a national organization that advocates for people with food allergies. The intent is to raise awareness of food allergies and to create a safer, more inclusive celebration for all trick-or-treaters.

This year, families can add their addresses to an interactive online map used by families looking for Teal Pumpkin houses. To add your address or learn more, check out the project website

FARE also offers a list of great nonfood treats such as spider rings, bubbles and pencils that all children can enjoy.