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Allergy-Free Options for Halloween and the Food Allergy Trunk-r-Treat

Have you seen the Teal Pumpkin Project? It’s an awareness campaign started by FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) to encourage people to give out allergy-free options. Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep lets trick-r-treaters know that they can ask for a food-free treat so kids with allergies can stay safe. I’m very much hoping this becomes a lasting tradition since Halloween is our scariest holiday!!

One of the important parts of the campaign that might be a little confusing to people is that you don’t have to completely give up on handing out treats. You just need to have a basket of food-free items in case someone asks for them. Be prepared, though – I think the food-free options will be more popular than the candy!

Don’t worry, I did a price comparison and I found lots of options that are about as cheap (if not cheaper!) as the most popular Halloween candy people give out. I also found some fun things that are a bit more expensive but pack a big punch, so if you wanted to splurge…

Everything shown below was between three cents and twenty-six cents per piece at our local party store.

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Fun, no? We took a great big bowl with all of these to the Utah Food Allergy Network Truck-r-Treat and the kids had a great time choosing what they wanted.

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We had plenty of leftovers for our food-free Halloween option (my parents will also be giving out nut-free candy) so we’re covered! The nice thing is that if we have any leftovers I can just toss them in with the Halloween decorations after the holiday is over and they’ll keep just fine until next year. I might have gone a little crazy at the party store, so next year’s Trunk-r-Treat is probably covered!

A local business, Wasatch Front Farmers Market, donated pumpkins so every family was able to paint and take home a teal pumpkin. We brought our own teal pumpkins to the party, made from paper plates I picked up at the party store, but a wind storm got the best of them so they weren’t very visible. Oh well, I’m sure they’ll come back next year!

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The kids had a great time and it was nice to see so many families participating without having to worry about dangerous treats. (Of course, my little monster promptly bit the eraser off of one of his sister’s pencils but that’s a whole different problem.)

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I hope you have a safe Halloween, however you’re celebrating!!

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4 Comments

  • Reply Hope at Disneyland

    This is the second time I’ve seen the mention of a “trunk or treat” event. So instead of going door to door at night on Halloween you do this out in the open the weekend before? That’ sounds fun. Also great idea about the teal pumpkins.

    October 27, 2014 at 5:53 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      Yeah, they have trunk or treats all over Salt Lake, usually in connection with a church or some kind of organization. It’s a good way to let little kids trick or treat without making them walk a mile over a dark neighborhood. We love the allergy one!

      October 28, 2014 at 12:19 pm
  • Reply Bryttin

    I always give out toys instead of treats- so I love this idea. We usually give out spider rings, stickers and glowsticks. Should I paint a teal pumpkin for my doorstep to let families know we have allergy free “treats”? I haven’t heard of this before! How cool!

    October 28, 2014 at 10:26 am
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      Good for you guys! Yep, a teal pumpkin would be a good marker and they have a poster you can download and pop in a frame if you want to make it even clearer (I think we’re doing that). I don’t know if it will work this year since it hasn’t caught on yet, but the idea is that eventually the allergy kids can skip the houses that don’t have teal pumpkins so they don’t have to figure out on the doorstep if the treat is safe or not. Here’s the poster if you want it: http://www.foodallergy.org/document.doc?id=352

      October 28, 2014 at 12:16 pm

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