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The Teal Pumpkin Project: A Safer, Happier Halloween For All Kids

The Teal Pumpkin Project, started by FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), encourages families to offer non-candy options for trick ‘r treaters on Halloween.  This allows kids with food allergies or other sensitivities to participate.

A friend of mine has a daughter named Molly, and she has a peanut allergy.  Her allergy made Halloween a bit tricky until teal pumpkins started showing up on porches in their neighborhood.  Now, Molly {and her mommy} can enjoy Halloween just like all of the other families.

Here I’ll share with you more information about The Teal Pumpkin Project, how to participate, links for trinkets and toys to give away this Halloween, as well as FREE printable resources to help you decorate your porch and teal pumpkin.  Are you ready to join The Teal Pumpkin Project family?

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Participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project is simple…

Paint A Teal Pumpkin & Place It On Your Porch

After you’ve ordered some special little treats for your trick ‘r treaters, paint a teal pumpkin to place on your porch.  If you are looking for a painting kit, check out this one on Amazon.  Or you could buy a simple teal treat bucket, like this one.

Having a teal pumpkin on your porch, will signal to other moms and families that your home is allergy safe and that you have some special trinkets and toys to pass out to their children.

Here’s some beautiful teal pumpkin ideas, thanks to Pinterest…

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Advertise That You Are Participating In The Teal Pumpkin Project With One Of These Free Printables

Then, you could add one of these adorable FREE Printable signs to further explain the Teal Pumpkin Project mission.  You may just inspire some other families to participate next year, spreading the fun for all kids on Halloween.

Printable by Lillybug Designs

Printable by Joann Fabrics

This instant download available here on Etsy

Provide Non-Food Treats To Trick ‘R Treaters

Below is a list of 20+ items you can give away this Halloween instead of candy.

We have passed out little mini play-doh tubs for Halloween the past several years along with candy.  The Play-Doh is always the first thing to go.  Kids love seeing Play-Doh in our goodie bucket, and so do parents.  Even the teenagers that come to our door ask if they can take the Play-Doh.

So, if you’re wondering if these trinkets and toys will be popular or not, I’m here to tell you that they will definitely be an exciting feature for your little trick ‘r treaters.

Glow Sticks, Bracelets, Necklaces, & More

Mini Coloring Book & Crayons


Halloween Erasers

Halloween Stamps

Rainbow Mini Slinkies


Bouncy Balls

Finger Puppets

Halloween Tattoos

Spider Rings

Vampire Fangs

Mini Bowling Game

Mini Pinball Maze Game

Mini Fidget Spinners

Playing Cards

Mini Halloween Spiral Notepads

Sport Ball Missiles

Mini Magnifying Glasses

Pull Back Vehicles

Mini Beach Balls


Mini Kaleidoscope

Alrighty there you have it.  A bunch of awesome ideas to help kids everywhere enjoy a safe and happy Halloween. Will you be participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project this Halloween?  What will you pass our to your trick ‘r treaters?  If you’d like to, you can register your home as an official participant here on FARE’s website.

Happy Halloween, friends!  Share your pictures in the comments below of your teal pumpkins!

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