About the Teal Pumpkin Project
Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you have non-food treats available, such as glow sticks or small toys. This simple act promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions.
- Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters
- Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate to passersby that you have non-food treats available
- Add your home to the Teal Pumpkin Project map
- Spread the word! Share the Teal Pumpkin Project with your friends and family
This year, FARE is proud to join forces with food allergy organizations across the country in support of the Teal Pumpkin Project:
“For children with dietary restrictions due to a medical condition, such as for eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases, Halloween can be anything but a treat! That is why APFED is pleased to support the Teal Pumpkin Project, an initiative that focuses on the inclusion of children with special diets who trick-or-treat. This powerful campaign also raises awareness of food aversions during Halloween, which is appreciated by the thousands of families who struggle to follow medically-necessary diets each day.”– Mary Jo Strobel, executive director, American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders
“In an effort to support non-food treats for Halloween, FAACT has partnered with WalMart again for FAACT's Teal Ghost Non-Food Fun initiative of raising awareness in the U.S. and Canada, especially during the Halloween season when food allergy concerns are at one of its highest peaks. It doesn't have to always be about the treats when there are plenty of non-food fun treats at every WalMart in the U.S. and Canada."– Eleanor Garrow-Holding, president and CEO, FAACT
"The Food Allergy Fund is proud to join the food allergy community to raise awareness about the importance of inclusivity this Halloween season. Until we know the cause or have a cure for food allergies, holidays will continue to be tough for children who need to avoid their allergens to prevent a life-threatening reaction. This is why we are committed to funding scientific research to determine the underlying causes of food allergies and improved treatments for those living with them." – Ilana Golant, founder and CEO, the Food Allergy Fund
"The FPIES Foundation is pleased to continue our participation and support for The Teal Pumpkin Project. Individuals living with Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome and their families are appreciative of this program which helps celebrate Halloween together as a family where the focus can be taken off food and kept on the fun!"– Joy Meyer, co-director, FPIES Foundation
“The International FPIES Association is excited to join families and partner organizations in shining a spotlight on food allergies and promoting inclusion this Halloween by going teal. The Teal Pumpkin Project is making the Halloween season safer and more magical for kids with FPIES (Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome) and all children living with food allergies.” - Fallon Schultz, Founder and President, International FPIES Association
"The teal pumpkin project helps make sure there is more to Halloween than candy, so everyone can have fun and enjoy this holiday.” - Sarah Sorscher, Deputy Director of Regulatory Affairs
The Teal Pumpkin Project was inspired by a local awareness activity run by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee.
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