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The Teal Pumpkin Project aims to make Halloween fun for all

Published on October 25, 2016

The Teal Pumpkin Project aims to make Halloween fun for all

Teal Pumpkin Project

Tiffany Rickbeil, MD, Internal Medicine
CentraCare Clinic – River Campus Internal Medicine

What started as a local project in Tennessee has become a national campaign to help raise awareness and make Halloween safer for those affected by food allergies.

One in 13 children has a food allergy. Regardless if a child is allergic to nuts, milk, eggs, soy or wheat — he or she should be able to have fun going door-to-door with friends and family on Halloween. By selecting non-food treats, you can help everyone feel included.

To help participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project, follow these steps:

  1. Purchase non-food treats to give out. You can usually find great ideas at Target, Walmart or your local dollar store. Examples include:
    • stickers
    • glow bracelets or necklaces
    • bubbles
    • crayons or pencils
    • kazoos
    • Halloween-themed erasers
    • Play-Doh
    • bouncy balls
    • whistles
    • stamps
    • light-up rings
  2. Paint a pumpkin teal or make a sign indicating you have non-food treats. If you want to print out a sign, you can find one at the Food Allergy Research & Education website.
  3. If you have a teal pumpkin or a sign at your house, you still can distribute candy on Halloween if you wish. Just keep the candy items in containers separated from the non-food items. When little ghosts and goblins come to your door, ask them which they would prefer.

Kids who don’t have food allergies also enjoy getting non-food treats. It is a healthier option and it’s something they can play with right away on Halloween night. Our family picks something like glow bracelets or light-up rings that help make trick-or-treaters more visible when out and about on Halloween night.

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Tiffany Rickbeil, MD

Tiffany Rickbeil, MD
Internal Medicine
CentraCare Clinic - River Campus Internal Medicine
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