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source: Food Allergy Research Education

Have you heard of the new-this-year Halloween tradition of Teal Pumpkin? I have and I LOVE it.

Do you have kids with food allergies? We do, and maybe that is why I love this Teal Pumpkin thing so much.

My 7-year-old is gluten free (you may remember why) and my 4-year-old twins have serious peanut allergies. I actually carry EpiPens everywhere we go. We read candy labels and I have a jar of candy the boys can use to trade out their “bad” candy but the idea of this movement really touched me. Parents of kids without allergies might think it silly. But as the mom who scans every single candy item in THREE trick-or-treat bags, I think there is something to this new ‘tradition’ started this year by Food Allergy Research and Education.

It’s so simple! If you would like to participate and offer other families non-food treats on Halloween, just paint a pumpkin teal and place it on your front porch.  FARE also offers some great printables for your front door or window. You can grab them over here.

I offered non-food treats in our bowl last year, but now we have a way to communicate it to each other!

candy and non-food treats

Here are some ideas of non-food treats (all of which you could find at the dollar store or in the party section of your grocery store):

  • Glow sticks
  • Pencils
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Stickers
  • Bouncy Balls
  • Kazoos (and be the least favorite neighbor! LOL!)