Teal pumpkins are much more than just a fashion statement or new décor fad.

Courtesy photo

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Food Allergy Research and Education, Inc. (FARE) launched its Teal Pumpkin Project in 2014 to raise awareness of food allergies.

There are an estimated 15 million Americans living with food allergies, some of which can include a risk of life-threatening anaphylaxis.

“FARE’s mission is to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments,” according to FARE’s website.

“Every child should be able to experience the joy and tradition of trick-or-treating on Halloween. But kids with food allergies are often left out of the fun, since most candy is off limits,” according to www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project.

FARE teaches that every child should be able to experience the tradition of trick-or-treating on Halloween.

The Teal Pumpkin Project helps to ensure all children come home on Halloween night with something they can enjoy.

It just takes one simple act — offering non-food treats, such as glow sticks or small toys, as an alternative to candy.

It is easy to take part in the Teal Pumpkin Project.

Those who choose to offer Halloween goodies that do not contain allergens may simply place a teal pumpkin in front of their homes so they are seen easily.

There are a multitude of small trinkets available at local dollar stores, party supply stores or online shops that can be handed out in lieu of sweets that could contain allergens.

Such low-cost items can be purchased and handed out to all trick-or-treaters who visit, or made available in a separate bowl from candy if a someone chooses to hand out both options.

Nearly all of the items listed below can be found in a Halloween theme or festive colors. Ideas for non-food treats include:

  • bookmarks;
  • bouncy balls;
  • bubbles;
  • coins;
  • finger puppets or novelty toys;
  • glow sticks, bracelets or necklaces;
  • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers;
  • miniature notepads;
  • miniature Slinkies;
  • pencils, pens, crayons or markers;
  • playing cards;
  • spider rings;
  • stencils;
  • stickers;
  • vampire fangs;
  • whistles, kazoos or noisemakers.