The Teal Pumpkin Project: Food Allergies & Halloween

We found out about a year ago that my son has a moderate/severe peanut allergy. That knowledge precipitated our choice of preschool and some changes we made around our home. His food allergies impact our lives in so many ways, not the least of which are holidays, especially Halloween.

Most of our holidays are centered around food, and for a child with food allergies, things can be downright dangerous. I’m so grateful that my son’s allergies are moderate enough that we have not made any ER trips, but for many families, many children, this is a daily reality.

Halloween is such a fun and festive event. Kids get to choose their favorite characters and dress up with friends, gathering candy with family. But for kids with food allergies, trick or treating can be life threatening.

That’s why I love The Teal Pumpkin Project.


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

Join over 100,000 households that have taken the Teal Pumpkin pledge. Paint a pumpkin teal. Place it outside your home. Put up a sign and pass out non-food treats to raise awareness of food allergies and promote inclusion of all children this Halloween.

Need ideas for non-food treats? Try some of these:

  1. glow sticks
  2. bouncy balls
  3. silly pencils
  4. bubbles
  5. funny erasers
  6. mini slinkies
  7. stickers
  8. crayons
  9. markers
  10. temporary tattoos
  11. kazoos
  12. vampire fangs
  13. fake snakes
  14. spider rings
  15. playing cards
  16. coloring books
  17. notepads
  18. finger puppets
  19. bracelets
  20. yo-yos

Will you take the pledge?


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Marie Osborne is a wife, mama, and blogger who loves Jesus and large non-fat lattes. As a former high school theater geek, she currently uses all her acting and vocal training reading "Mr. Brown Can Moo" and singing "The Wheels on the Bus" before night-night time. When she isn't laughing (loudly) with her 30-something husband, chatting (loudly) with her girlfriends, singing (loudly) with her 3-year-old son, or feeding (quietly... for the time being) her 8-month-old twins, she's probably pumping and binge watching Netflix. You can find her on her blog encouraging, challenging, and laughing from under a pile of diapers.

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