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