Why You’ll Be Seeing Teal Pumpkins This Halloween

posted: 10/05/15
by: Mara Betsch
Food Allergy Research & Education

Halloween can be a frightening night for parents, but not in the way that you think. For mom and dads with children suffering from severe food allergies, this candy-filled night sends chills up their spines. Many of the most popular sweets contain nuts, milk, eggs or other common food allergens, and because fun-size candies don't always list all the ingredients, it's hard for parents to let kids go crazy while trick-or-treating.

That's where FARE's (Food Allergy Research and Education) Teal Pumpkin Project comes in. Since 2014, the group has been encouraging families to plan to give out nonfood treats (toys, bubbles, etc.), paint a pumpkin teal, and place the pumpkin in front of your home, signaling to other families that your home provides safe goodies. FARE created goodie bags you can buy or you can make your own -- just include stickers, bouncy balls, pencils, friendship bracelets and more.

With 15 million Americans estimated to suffer from food allergies (approximately 1 in 13 children), it's a big issue, especially on holidays that are built on eating candy. Consider putting a teal pumpkin in front of your house this year and providing allergen-free options. If the gift bags won't cut it, Lucy's, Indie Candy, Enjoy Life and plenty of other brands offer some pretty delicious options.