Teal Pumpkin Project Encourages Providing Non-Food Treats to Trick-or-Treaters

OKLAHOMA CITY – For the second year in a row, the Food Allergy Research and Education is coordinating the Teal Pumpkin Project which raises awareness of food allergies and promotes the inclusion of all trick-or-treaters by encouraging households to provide non-food treats. Participating households will have a teal-colored pumpkin in front of their home on Halloween night.

According to FARE, there are 15 million Americans living with food allergies.

Candy that may contain peanuts, tree nuts, dairy and other allergens diminish the fun and safety of trick-or-treating for children with food allergies. Non-food treats remove those threats completely.

“Many party favors and dollar store toys make great Halloween treats,” said Diana Rogers Jaeger, a thoughtful gift consultant and co-founder of Sunburst Gifts. “Kids love glow-in-the-dark necklaces and bracelets, and they have the added benefit of making trick-or-treaters more visible at night.”

Households interested in participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project this Halloween can gain inspiration from this list of 33 alternatives to passing out Halloween candy.

1.      glow stick necklaces, bracelets or wands

2.      mini Play-Doh containers

3.      temporary tattoos

4.      stickers

5.      light-up flashing toys

6.      glow-in-the-dark slime

7.      glow-in-the-dark putty

8.      sticky eyeballs, skeletons and brains

9.      plastic vampire fangs

10.    plastic bugs

11.    rubber stampers

12.    bubbles

13.   party glasses or sunglasses

14.   rings, necklaces and bracelets

15.  bouncy balls

16.  balloons

17.  fake mustaches

18.  mini nail polish

19.  finger puppets


21.  mini squirt guns

22.  mini toy cars

23.  mini Army guys

24.  pencils and pens

25.  quarters

26.  pencil toppers

27.  erasers

28.  whistles and noisemakers

29.  mini crayon packs

30.  mini coloring books

31.  mini notepads

32.  mini activity pads

33.  mini bottles of water

More information about the Teal Pumpkin Project can be found at www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project.

Sunburst Gifts provides thoughtful, heartful gift ideas for all occasions at www.SunburstGifts.org.