Teal Pumpkins Mean Halloween Fun for All

As Halloween gets closer, you are sure to spot the traditional orange pumpkins but what if you see a teal pumpkin? These new pumpkins are much more than decoration, and they serve an important purpose.

The Teal Pumpkin Project launched in 2012, as a local activity by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee has since become a worldwide event. It encourages folks to place a teal pumpkin in front of their homes to show they have non-food treats available for children with food allergies or necessary dietary restrictions. This simple act promotes inclusion for kids with food allergies and helps keep them safe.

Many popular Halloween treats contain nuts, milk, egg, soy, wheat or sesame, which are among the most common allergens. Additionally, many miniature candy items do not have labels and may be formulated or manufactured differently than full-sized candies of the same brand, making it difficult to determine whether these items are safe.  

To access more information about the Teal Pumpkin Project including suggested non-food treats, the interactive map, and ways to help spread the word, visit tealpumpkinproject.org. We wish you a safe and happy Halloween and encourage you to follow all applicable COVID-19 guidelines in your area.
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