What is the Teal Pumpkin Project™?


As you’re walking around your neighborhood in the week leading up to Halloween, you may notice a few uncharacteristic blue pumpkins on people’s porches.

Some of these may be in honor of the Royals — but if they’re a more teal shade, chances are, they are indicating that the home is participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project™ by Food Allergy Research & Education.

Wondering what the Teal Pumpkin Project™ is? We have the details below — including how you can participate.

The Teal Pumpkin Project™

FARE launched the national Teal Pumpkin Project™ in 2014 to bring awareness to food allergies and ensure that all trick-or-treaters, regardless of their food allergies or sensitivities, can fully participate in all festivities.

FARE estimates that around 100,000 households in all 50 states are planning to participate in this year’s event. This entails providing non-food items, such as glow sticks, temporary tattoos, pencils, small toys, and other trinkets to trick-or-treaters with food allergies.

Why are Food Allergies Such a Big Deal?

Most people without food allergies do not realize how serious they can be. Not only do they change what you can eat, they also affect what you can touch or come into contact with. Certain allergies are life-threatening; other can cause severe reactions, ranging from rash and itching to anaphylaxis.

Food allergies have grown increasingly common in the United States, affecting 1 in 13 kids. This includes allergies to nuts, soy, eggs, wheat, or milk, which are the most common allergens for both children and adults. Many candies contain ingredients like nuts, soy, and wheat, and given that most small candies also lack labels that indicate their content, parents and kids can’t always determine if a treat is safe to eat.

How Can I Participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project™?

If you would like to take part in this year’s Teal Pumpkin Project™, you can take the official pledge, add your home to the map, download a printable sign to post on your door, and paint a pumpkin teal so that passersby know you’re participating.

How Do I Know if my Child Has a Food Allergy?

Wondering if you need to monitor what your child eats this Halloween? Test Smartly Labs of Overland Park can provide food allergy testing so you can determine if there are any candies that should be removed from their trick-or-treat bag.

For more information on food allergy testing, including our range of food allergy panels and profiles, in Kansas City, call (913) 815-0988 today.

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