Have you walked around your city recently and noticed the new phenomenon of teal-colored pumpkins? Nope, it’s not a GMO or a new varietal of pumpkins.
In fact, the teal pumpkins are part of the Teal Pumpkin Project, started by the Food Allergy Research & Education, or FARE. FARE started the project in order to make Halloween trick-or-treating safer for children with food allergies, and easier for parents.
It’s actually really simple and brilliant: if you paint a pumpkin teal and leave it on your doorstep, you are signaling to others than you are handing out non-edible treats like glow sticks or toys (please, not pennies!) instead of candy that children may be allergic to, such as Snickers or Almond Joys.
If your child is allergic to peanuts or almonds or any other food, just modify your usual route to hit up only the houses decked out with teal pumpkins. There’s even a map on FARE’s website that will show you all the particpiating addresses near you where you can get some not-so-sweet treats.