A safe Halloween: Teal Pumpkin Project helps trick or treaters with allergies

Published 2:45 pm Monday, October 10, 2022

Little ghosts and goblins and the ones who take them on rounds to scream, “Trick or Treat,” need to know about the great “Teal Pumpkin Project” this Halloween. Households giving out treats and parents with children with food allergies should definitely know about it.

“If a child sees a teal pumpkins on your doorstep, they know they can stop at that house without worry. In addition to candy, non-food trinkets and treats that are safe for trick or treaters with allergies will be available,” said Jolene Constance, State President of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Louisiana.

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Louisiana, Inc (GFWC-LA) is sponsoring this informational campaign started by FARE, (Food Allergy Research and Education).

It’s a simple way to make trick-or-treating safer and more inclusive for the one in 13 children living with food allergies, and many others impacted by intolerances and other conditions, according to Constance.

Food allergies include peanuts and tree nuts, cow’s milk, eggs, fish and shellfish, soy, and wheat being the most prevalent.  Non-food goodies could include fun things such as spider rings, glow sticks, all things safe for little ghosts and goblins.  If participating in Trunk-or-Treat, decorate with teal as an accent color and fill it with an array of food alternative treats. Make this holiday a treat for all children.

Constance said the project was selected because it is a significant way to help the one in 13 children with allergies, not just this Halloween but for Halloweens to come.

Visit www.foodallergy.org/our-initiatives to find out more about FARE and the “Teal Pumpkin Project.”