Cheap and easy Halloween goodies for your Teal Pumpkin Project treat bowl

Halloween can be a scary night for families that have children with food allergies. The Teal Pumpkin Project™, an initiative created by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), aims to make Halloween a safe and fun night for everyone!

The Teal Pumpkin Project not only raises awareness of food allergies, it also helps to safely accommodate children with food allergies on Halloween. FARE encourages everyone to paint a pumpkin teal (the color of food allergy awareness) and display it outside their home to signify that they are offering some non-food treats, in addition to the usual candy, for trick-or-treaters who have food allergies.

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You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get non-food treats that the neighborhood kids will enjoy. Try these ideas:

  • Pencils or packs of crayons
  • Cute erasers
  • Mini notepads
  • Stickers
  • Friendship bracelets made from string/yarn/cloth
  • Small toys like plastic animals
  • Mini puzzles or brain teaser games
  • Bubbles
  • Bouncy balls
  • Mini Slinkys
  • Plastic noisemakers like whistles or kazoos
  • Glow bracelets or necklaces
  • Halloween-themed items like spider rings
  • Mini playing card packs

Avoid buying non-food items like balloons (latex) and Play-Doh (wheat), as well as temporary tattoos or metal rings that could cause skin reactions in some children.

Great places to buy your Teal Pumpkin Project treats:

  • Target—check the Halloween section as well as the dollar aisle
  • Dollar Tree—the one near me has packs of Halloween-themed pencils and bags of mini Halloween erasers
  • Party City or other party supply stores
  • Five Below—they have a great sticker section!
  • Michaels arts and crafts supply store—they have a bargain section near the front of the store that could yield some interesting finds
  • Walmart—check the party favor section as well as the Halloween section

Tips for handing out your Teal Pumpkin Project treats on Halloween, or whichever night your neighborhood does trick-or-treating:

First, paint a pumpkin teal and place it outside your door on Halloween, before trick-or-treaters arrive. This way, people know that they can get allergy-friendly treats at your house. Or, if you don’t have time to paint a pumpkin, just download and print a free printable sign from FARE and hang it outside your door.

Keep the Teal Pumpkin Project treats separate from any food you’re handing out. Put these items in a separate bowl from candy or other edible treats.

Ask trick-or-treaters if they have any food allergies. If so, offer them the bowl of Teal Pumpkin Project treats so they can pick something safe!

Have any other great ideas for non-food treats that Teal Pumpkin Project participants can hand out on Halloween? Let me know in the comments below!

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