Orange is still the OG. But there’s a new color pumpkin on the block this Halloween: teal. And if you see a teal pumpkin at a neighbor’s house for Halloween, it means that the family inside has treats that are friendly safe for children who have food and nut allergies.
Kids with nut or other food allergies have a hard time getting in on the Halloween action. Most popular candy has nuts or has been produced in factories where other nut-products have been made. The Teal Pumpkin Project is dedicated to making sure kids with allergies can safely take part in the trick-or-treating fun of Halloween. The brightly colored pumpkins are beacons for parents of children with food allergies. Houses that have one placed out front mean that they have toys for kids who can’t enjoy candy.
The teal pumpkin initiative was picked up by the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) after a smaller allergy advocacy group in Tennessee originally came up with the idea in the fall of 2013. Teal is the color associated with allergy awareness, so a teal pumpkin naturally became the symbol for allergy-friendly households on All Hallow’s Eve.
Houses in 50 states and 14 separate countries are reported to be participating in the teal pumpkin project so far, with more and more households signing up for the project every year. Per the project website, hundreds of thousands of families have also agreed to give out non-food items this Halloween alongside the traditional candy offerings. The project has teamed up with the craft store Michaels, so if you’re short on teal paint, they’ll be sure to have a pre-painted one for sale.
So, if your kid suffers from food allergies and you want to know where they will be welcomed on Halloween while trick-or-treating, FARE also releases a teal pumpkin map every year of houses that participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project by neighborhood, which can be found on their website.