With the Halloween countdown down to just 8 days, many people will be heading to the stores to pick up candy for trick-or-treaters (or, replenish the candy you originally bought and then ended up eating yourself).  While you are doing your last minute Halloween prepping,  have you considered participating in TEALOWEEN, or, the Teal Pumpkin Project, which means providing allergy friendly treats.

A teal pumpkin on your front step is an indicator that you will be offering little ghosts, princesses, superheroes and so on, a non food related treat.  Foodallergy.org offers the following suggestions for some alternative treats:

  • Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
  • Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
  • Bubbles
  • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
  • Mini Slinkies
  • Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
  • Bouncy balls
  • Finger puppets or novelty toys
  • Coins
  • Spider rings
  • Vampire fangs
  • Mini notepads
  • Playing cards
  • Bookmarks
  • Stickers
  • Stencils

To read more about the origins of the Teal Pumpkin Project, click here.

There's also some allergy-friendly options to consider, as outlined through TEALOWEEN who have put together a 2019 allergy friendly Halloween candy guide, check out their site for more information.

My plan is to put out my teal pumpkin and have some non-food options set aside.  Pro-tip: i'm using some leftover dollar store goodie bag items from my daughter's birthday party.  Double-win!