The 'Teal Pumpkin Project' is an allergy-awareness initiative that asks neigbors to hand out non-food treats this Halloween. That may seem like a counter-intuitive task, but FARE, the group behind the project has some statistics to back up its request. One in thirteen children suffer from food allergies and many of the ingredients in candy or chocolate can be extremely harmful to these children.
Unfortunately, children with severe food allergies are unable to experience the same fun that other kids have while trick-or-treating as they are sometimes stuck at home. The Teal Pumpkin Project asks participants to paint a pumpkin teal to show support for allergy-awareness. FARE also asks parents to hand out non-food treats like glow sticks, pencils, stickers and other fun items that can be enjoyed by everyone. Last year over 100,000 households from all over the world joined the growing cause.