Teal pumpkins; why you shouldn't expect typical treats

Alicia Farmer
November 2, 2018

No teal pumpkin? No problem.

FARE's Teal Pumpkin Project promotes safety and inclusion for all trick-or-treaters by encouraging people to provide non-food treats on Halloween.

If you would like to participate, paint a pumpkin teal or buy a teal pumpkin from a craft store and place it in front of your home to let trick-or-treaters with food allergies know that non-food treats are available there.

A number of residents in Fairbanks are bringing the Teal Pumpkin Project to the area.

Hy-Vee is now selling $1 gifts and teal pumpkins, hoping that more people will participate in this project.

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Affordable non-food items are available at dollar stores, party supply stores, or online shops, and low-priced items can be purchased and handed out to all trick-or-treaters, or made available in a separate bowl from candy if a resident chooses to hand out both options.

According to Food Allergy Canada, more than 2.6-million Canadians report living with at least one food allergy - and two in 100 children suffer from peanut allergies.

This simple act is created to promote inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions.

Halloween is a fun and spooky time, but it can be even scarier for kids who have food allergies or special needs. "Just a small bowl with like five of your non-food items, and then a separate bowl for the candy". On FARE's website, you can find ideas for non-food treats.

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