The Teal Pumpkin Project is an effort to bring awareness to kids with life-threatening food allergies.
Peanuts, dairy, eggs and wheat are allergies that have been increasing in recent years, and some kids can end up in the ER from eating candy that contain those ingredients.
However, a teal pumpkin on the front porch is a message that that house has non-food items for trick-or-treaters who need them.
If your child suffers from food allergies, then trick-or-treating can be a stressful thing, rather than a fun family event like it should be.
According to The Virginian-Pilot, Suzy Brophy, a teacher in Virginia Beach, wrote a children’s book on the subject, in honor of her student, Macy Evans, who was born with life-threatening food allergies. Macy’s Teal Pumpkin teaches kids about what Halloween is like for kids like Macy.
Participants in the Teal Pumpkin Project simply place a teal pumpkin on their porch. You can also put a sign that states that nonfood treats are available for kids with allergies.
Small toys, colorful pencils and glow sticks are popular options, for non-food treats. You can also still give out candy to kids who don’t have allergies if it’s kept in a separate bowl.