Celebrating Halloween with the Teal Pumpkin Project

by Erika Woelfel

There are certain things that come to mind when you picture Halloween: funny costumes, smiling jack-o’-lanterns and—best of all—bags brimming with brightly wrapped candy.

But for children with severe food allergies to nuts, milk, soy or wheat, Halloween seems a little different, and more often than not, their bag can come home empty.

The Teal Pumpkin ProjectTM by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) aims to raise awareness for these allergies around Halloween and make it an inclusive holiday for all trick-or-treaters.

To participate in the Project, simply provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters (glow sticks, pencils, stickers, small toys, etc.) and place a teal-painted pumpkin outside your home to indicate you have non-food fun. If you’re interested, then we hope you’ll join us in following the simple steps below to paint your pumpkin teal!


To start, you’ll need:

  • A pumpkin
  • Medium-sized paintbrush
  • 8 oz. sample container of BEHR Premium Plus in teal (we chose The Real Teal P470-7)


Step One: Clean your pumpkin using warm water, a clean rag and some dish soap, if needed. Wipe the pumpkin dry with a towel, or let it air-dry completely.


Step Two: Apply the first coat of paint using a medium-sized paintbrush and leave it to dry completely.


Step Three: If some orange is still peeking through, apply a second coat of paint to your pumpkin and let it dry.


Step Four: Place your pumpkin in a spot that is visible from your street or sidewalk. Having the teal pumpkin out a few days before Halloween will let nearby parents know your home is food allergy-friendly. You can also download a sign from the Teal Pumpkin Project advertising your participation on FARE’s website.


For more information on the initiative, or to pledge your support of the Teal Pumpkin Project, visit www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project. Happy Halloween!

Colorfully Yours,


*The TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT and the Teal Pumpkin Image are trademarks of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).

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