Teal Pumpkin Project

Spreading Awareness with the Teal Pumpkin Project®

The Teal Pumpkin Project continues to grow each year thanks to the efforts of volunteers and members of the community. We love hearing stories of how the community has shared the Teal Pumpkin Project with their friends, neighbors, and communities.  Here are just a few examples of volunteers who went above and beyond for the Teal Pumpkin Project in 2017.

Marblehead High School Interact Club students organized a teal pumpkin painting party at a local church, proving that you’re never too young to be a food allergy advocate.

Seven-year-old Henry Nowik won first place in the Berlin Fair’s Annual...

Last Minute Preparations

As you and your family prepare for Halloween, use this information and tips to create a safe and happy holiday with the Teal Pumpkin Project®. 

The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season. By participating, not only are you helping to make Halloween safe and fun for children who might not otherwise take part in trick-or-treating, you are also helping to raise awareness for the 15 million Americans with food allergies.


Partnership Makes it Possible

The Teal Pumpkin Project® helps create a happier and safer Halloween for all children. In 2017, this national awareness campaign is bigger than ever – which wouldn’t be possible without the help of our proud partners!

As you’ve shopped around retail stores like Michaels and CVS this season, you might have noticed officially licensed Teal Pumpkin Project crafts and accessories. These products, bearing the official Teal Pumpkin Project logo, all help to financially support life-changing food allergy research and initiatives.

We are excited to share that a number of popular retailers have...

A Teal Pumpkin on Every Block

There is still time to find families near you who are willing to join the Teal Pumpkin Project®! The more homes participating, the more fun the night will be for kids in your community. Here are some ideas for how to get others to join in:

Knock on Doors

The most impactful way to reach out to your community is to have a face-to-face conversation about why the Teal Pumpkin is important. Share your personal story with them, hand them a flyer and encourage them to join you!

Gift Them a Magnet

Make a qualifying donation and you'll receive a...

Share Your Enthusiasm

Post photos and share your excitement on social media using #TealPumpkinProject. You'll help spread the positive message of the Teal Pumpkin Project and inspire others.

Take Advantage of the Teal Pumpkin Project Participation Map

Set an example for your neighbors by adding yourself to the Teal Pumpkin Project Participation Map. Then ask your neighbors to add their house as well.

For more ideas, check out this guest blog post where food allergy mom Vikki Meldrum shared how she got her neighborhood on board with the Teal Pumpkin Project.

Together, we can show...

A Letter from a Food Allergy Mom about the Teal Pumpkin Project®

Guest Post by Lansingh Hange

Last year, around this time, I saw something on the news about a teal pumpkin. I half-watched the segment and remember thinking it was a cool idea. That was all the attention it got from me. It is hard for me to admit that now and I am ashamed that was all the consideration I gave it because it didn’t personally affect me. I was selfish in thinking that way.

Earlier this year, my 2.5-year-old son was diagnosed with a milk allergy. I quickly learned that is very different than being lactose intolerant. I...

The Teal Pumpkin Project was launched by FARE to combat this exact problem. It is designed to support kids living with food allergies. By displaying a teal pumpkin at your house, you are signaling to food allergy families that you have non-food treats available. You are showing these families and these kids that you care about them. These kids don’t have to feel left out anymore. While their classmates are talking about their plans for the night, these kids can talk about how they to get to go have fun and get some goodies.

My family went shopping this past weekend and we were able to find so...

Enter to Win Free Teal Pumpkin Project® Swag!

Is your teal pumpkin one of a kind? Auggie Marturo, FARE’s National Ambassador, wants you to show it off for a chance to win official an official Teal Pumpkin Project prize pack!

Last year over 200 photos were submitted in the Teal Pumpkin Project Contest, showcasing the creativity and innovation of the Teal Pumpkin Project community. We can’t wait to see this year’s submissions! Entering is easy!

Follow these two steps to enter:

  1. Snap a photo of your teal pumpkin. Upload it to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
  2. Share your submission using...

Find Out Who Will Be Participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project Near You!


Households across the country and world are counting down to Halloween and stocking up on non-food treats in preparation for an inclusive Halloween with the Teal Pumpkin Project®. To show that you are one of them, add your home to the Teal Pumpkin Project Participation Map before October 31st so you can connect with other families participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project.

More than 3,500 households have already added a pin to the Teal Pumpkin Project Participation Map to show their neighbors that they will have non-food treats on hand for...

22 Non-food Treats and Treasures to Share on Halloween

A Guide to Non-Food Halloween Treats

Offering treats on Halloween that aren’t candy or food promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions. It’s a simple act that means so much.

Do kids really like non-food treats? They love them! Your unique treats will be a fun surprise. Parents report that the non-food treats are often more popular than the candy!

Low-cost non-food items can be found at dollar stores, party supply stores, or online shops. You can hand them out to all trick-or-treaters or make them available in a separate bowl from candy...

The Teal Pumpkin Project Takes Over a Neighborhood

Guest post from food allergy mom Vikki Meldrum

It rained on Halloween 2013. Stormed. I had made a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man costume for my 8-month old, Lyla. I could barely sew, but I was determined to give her a huge first Halloween – costumes, candy, all of it. Lyla’s allergies had started to present and we were avoiding milk, but her pediatrician didn’t deem blood or skin testing necessary. We didn’t take them very seriously. Thank goodness it rained, otherwise we might have tried a litany of things that could have caused life...

By Lyla’s third Halloween (she went as a The Karate Kid when he dresses as the shower for the dance), her allergies worsened, but we still had an amazing holiday. We had a 100 percent non-food participation rate in our neighborhood. Neighbors still gave out candy, but each of them displayed their teal pumpkin and had a non-food treat for Lyla. She was able to just be a kid. She knocked on doors, introduced herself and was given a treat. At every door. We cried happy, grateful tears that night as Lyla played with what looked like a Christmas...

Be a Hero. Form a Walk Team. Earn Teal Pumpkin Project® Swag

Teal Pumpkin Project Garden Flag

If you have been considering forming a team for a FARE’s Food Allergy Heroes Walk, now is the time! Heroes just like you are making a difference around the country by raising awareness and funding to support life-changing food allergy research and initiatives through Food Allergy Heroes Walks. You can too!

To show our appreciation for the teams who participate in Food Allergy Heroes Walks, the team captain of any team who raises $500 or more in total team fundraising by Wednesday, October 11 will receive a Teal Pumpkin Project® Proud...