When I went looking for Halloween decorations a few weeks ago I saw the typical things in stores like scarecrows, witches, lights, zombies, and pumpkins. When I was looking at the pumpkin selections I saw the classic color of orange on the shelves along with white, gold, and black. Then I noticed standing out in the crowd were the teal pumpkins. That's when I was reminded about why teal pumpkins are sold and why some homes may be displaying them on Halloween.

According to the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) website the Teal Pumpkin Project was started to make trick-or-treating safer for kids on Halloween with food allergies. The homes that have teal pumpkins outside their doors will offer non-food options. The video below explains it in less than 30 seconds.

If you're wondering what non-food or candy options will be given out, I found a helpful article from USA Today that list the treats that may be offered instead of candy:

- Vampire fangs

- Glow sticks

- Halloween stamps

- Slap bracelets

- Plastic witch fingers

There are plenty of fun Halloween related toys, pencils, erasers, and other goodies that can be given out to replace candy this Halloween.

Credit: iStock
Credit: iStock

You can find participating homes in FARE's Teal Pumpkin Project in your local neighborhood by using the map here. That will tell you exactly where to go trick-or-treating for non-food treats this Halloween.

Have a fun and safe Halloween!


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