Teal Pumpkin Project
Teal pumpkins are popping up across Columbus. In a few short weeks, kids will be seeking tons of candy treats and miniature sized costumed characters will be roaming the streets. Statistics show that 1 in 13 kids has a food related allergy. This year, we are displaying a teal colored pumpkin to signify that our home has both candy and non-food treats. We are joining the movement by supporting the Teal Pumpkin Project (TPP).
TPP was inspired by a local awareness activity run by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET) and launched as a national campaign by the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014. FARE thanks FACET for their ongoing partnership as we work to reach families across the country and around the world with the Teal Pumpkin Project’s messages of awareness, inclusion and community.
How to Take Part
1. Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters.
2. Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate to passersby that you have non-food treats available.
3. Display a free printable sign or premium poster from FARE to explain the meaning of your teal pumpkin.
4. Make a donation to support the TPP and receive a free gift.
When you display a TPP sign at your home during Halloween, you are supporting kids with food allergies. The teal pumpkin means you have non-food treats available. This year, we have chosen to pass out crayons along with traditional candy items. What creative items will you share with the kids who come to your door?
Ideas for Non-Food Treats
Available at dollar stores, party supply stores, or online shops, these low-cost items can be purchased and handed out to all trick-or-treaters, or made available in a separate bowl from candy if you choose to hand out both options. Nearly all of these items can be found in a Halloween theme or festive colors.
• Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
• Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
• Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
• Mini Slinkies
• Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
• Bouncy balls
• Finger puppets or novelty toys
• Spider rings
• Vampire fangs
• Mini notepads
• Playing cards
Locations in the Columbus, OH Area
Looking for some allergen free goodies? There is an interactive map where you can find the general locations of teal pumpkins on display. Some of the areas around Columbus include:
- Upper Arlington
Click on the informational video to see how to make Halloween safe for all trick-or-treaters.
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