Inclusive Treat Ideas for the Teal Pumpkin Project


The Teal Pumpkin project was started as an easy way to make trick-or-treating a more inclusive activity for kids with food allergies and other conditions. More than 1 in 13 kids deal with food allergies and many more have intolerances that make Halloween fun potentially dangerous.

You can participate by placing a teal pumpkin on your doorstep to let kids know you are offering treats other than candy or download a poster from the Food Allergy and Research Education website.

Ideas for Non-Candy Halloween Treats

  • Bouncy balls
  • Glow sticks or bracelets
  • Halloween snap bracelets
  • Mini bubble sticks
  • Stampers
  • Stickers

Many retailers have gotten on board and a quick search on Amazon or Target leads to a long list of ideas for non-food trinkets to pass out.

Don’t forget to add your house to the Teal Pumpkin Project Map, which helps families identify houses with safe treats in their area.

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Sarah McGinnity
Sarah is owner of Denver Mom Collective and is passionate about encouraging and connecting moms - we weren't meant to do this alone! She graduated from Kansas State (Go Cats!) in journalism, worked for newspapers and for several marketing departments, and eventually got her master's in urban administration. Sarah and her husband Shea have four kids - Henry (11), Clark (8), Lucy (7) and Caroline (the dessert baby). She enjoys reading historical fiction, beating her kids at board games and traveling as much as possible.


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