The Teal Pumpkin Project

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This year Halloween will likely be different for many kids with food allergies. The Teal Pumpkin Project is an awareness project promoted by FARE. It was actually started by a group in East Tennessee, but this is the first year it has gone national! The idea is to place a teal pumpkin that is visible to trick-or-treaters indicating that “allergy-free” items are available. On their website FARE states “The Teal Pumpkin Project is designed to promote safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies – and to keep Halloween a fun, positive experience for all.” FARE has a list of candy alternatives on their website. Ideas include glow bracelets, stickers, pencils, erasers and spider rings. The traditional Halloween candy is still available, but there is also a safe alternative for children with food allergies. More information can be found on the FARE website.

Happy Halloween!

-Dr. Megan

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