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Participate in The Teal Pumpkin Project w/ 25 NON-Candy Halloween Treat Ideas

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Hip2Save Sidekick Jen LOVES The Teal Pumpkin Project:

For children with food allergies (like my son), Halloween can be very difficult. His allergies include peanuts, which are in Reese’s, Snickers and many more candy treats! Other children may have different allergies including food specific, Celiac and dyes.

The only way we (and many others) can participate is through The Teal Pumpkin Project.

What is The Teal Pumpkin Project?

The Teal Pumpkin Project was created by FARE with the idea to give out non-food items so kids are able to participate in the fun holiday, but not receive things that can make them sick. By setting out a teal pumpkin, you tell parents it’s safe for children with allergies to stop at your home and trick or treat.

Target actually sells the LARGE Teal Pumpkins for $12, both in-store and online (medium ones are coming soon). Even better, since they won’t spoil, you’ll have no mess and be able to use them year after year!

Consider buying a teal pumpkin this year and passing out these non-candy treats…
  1. Stamps
  2. Sticker Boxes (Dollar Tree)
  3. Pencils (Dollar Tree)
  4. Temporary Tattoos
  5. Small Toys
  6. Bubbles (Dollar Tree)
  7. Sticky Hands
  8. Noise Putty
  9. Party Poppers
  10. Stickers (Dollar Tree)
  11. Crazy Straws
  12. Halloween Bookmarks
  13. Spooky spiders
  14. Halloween Rubber Duckies
  15. Glow in the Dark Vampire Fangs
  16. Halloween Bracelets
  17. Flashing LED Rings
  18. Jumping Spiders
  19. Zombie Bendables
  20. Wiggly Snakes
  21. Zombie Wall Tumblers
  22. Mini Halloween Paratroopers
  23. Halloween Masks
  24. Spider Rings (Dollar Tree)
  25. Glow-in-the-Dark Sticky Eyeballs
See how Hip2Save readers participate in the Teal Pumpkin project:

We are a teal pumpkin house, too! We always have stickers and erasers and a bowl full of stuff from the dollar store. 🙂 We give out bottled water and hand wipes too, because it’s flu season and the kids are going door to door. 


I like to get the Halloween party favor packs at Target for about $3 a pack. And, usually bubble test tubes and glow in the dark silly putty.


We are offering a non-candy option this year as well. My kids are 2 and 4 and I always appreciate another option. They are still too little for much sugar especially gums and hard candies. They actually prefer the non-candy options still. Fine by me! They’ll learn eventually. 😂


I include Halloween pencils in our candy bowl. You would be surprised how many kids ASKED if they could take one… such a hit. Both younger and older kids!


We ALWAYS offer non-candy items. As a gluten and dairy free mom with kids who react to certain dyes, I appreciate the extra mile that some parents go to. ❤️


I love FARE! We’re a teal pumpkin house and ducks have been a hit over the last couple of years. We’re mixing it up with some other trinkets this year like bouncy balls and finger puppet monsters. 🙂


Join The Discussion

Comments 34

  1. Kristen

    Every year we hand out the mini halloween tubs of halloween playdough. Its so cute to see how excited the little kids are to get it

    • Kristen

      Kohls has the 15 pack of them right now for 4.49$

      • AZinOZ

        Just bought a couple of the play-doh packs! Thanks!

  2. Echoedsel

    I found 59 cent beanie boos at Walgreens when the Halloween ones went 90% off last year. Since we don’t get that many trick or treaters I’ll use those 🙂

    • Liza (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh those sound perfect Echoedsel! I know my daughter would be thrilled to receive something like that on Halloween! 🙂

  3. urchinrk

    Just curious, but since sells teal pumpkins for people to decorate with, how can you KNOW the person with a teal pumpkin in their decor is participating?

    • Joy

      There is a sign you can print out on the Teal Pumpkin Project website. They ask everyone to also hang the sign. We put ours out on our mailbox with a solar spotlight on it.

  4. XTech

    We always give out glow stick bracelets and necklaces. We get them at the dollar store as well in tubes. The kids love them plus it makes kids easier to see when they’re walking around that night.

    • Liza (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing XTech! 🙂

  5. Jodi

    We always have dum dums which are peanut, dairy and nut free in one bowl and toys in another for our teal pumpkin friends. I save happy meal stuff year round/goodie bag favors/Valentine’s Day 90% and during Xmas, I still look for Halloween on markdown. I also purchase little packs of crayons for the little ones so parents can put them in their diaper bags; bubbles; bracelets, fangs, tattoos and stickers. Even the mini packs with crayons/coloring book and stickers.

    I also start the boo so it’s usually four to six times we boo bc of the neighborhood we live in so I’m always looking for no food items on clearance.

  6. Emily

    For years I’ve been handing out glow sticks. My husband was annoyed when I started, but seeing how excited the kids get and how they’d yell to their parents about them, he’s totally into it now. Cheaper than candy too

    • Jennifer (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      …and more fun!

  7. SJ

    I bought the mini puzzle tins from Costco last year and they were a huge hit.

  8. Cioci

    We gave out suction cup phone stands (found a bunch on clearance somewhere) and mini tubs of play-doh. The play-doh was the biggest hit even with the older kids. Definitely doing it again this year!

  9. Daniibeth

    Costco has a large bag of the small party size play dough containers!!! They would be PERFECT for this!!

  10. cate

    a few years ago our local Walmart was being to remodel right after Halloween. I purchases 100’s of Halloween light up socks, jewelry, pupkin reusable water bottles, mugs, etc. for .10 each. yes a dime each!!! some were originally priced at up to $10.00 each! Lasted me 5 years of trick or treaters!

    • Jennifer (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Wow! You are a savvy shopper, Cate!

  11. Terrie T

    I purchased some cases of the four pack Crayolas from Sam’s this year. I think I’ll add glow sticks too thanks to the suggestion above.

  12. BP

    While Play-Doh is loved by many kids (mine included), it contains wheat/gluten, which is a very common allergy 🙁

  13. Tara Cormican

    We’ve never done this before, but if we were to, could we still do a bowl of the Willy Wonka candy I already bought and another bowl of little gifties? Or would that still be too dangerous or problematic?

    • BP

      I think having separate bowls is a perfect idea! I’m an allergy mom, and my daughter knows that some things aren’t safe for her, but would be delighted with a chance to pick something from the “safe” bowl!

      • Valerie H

        Thank you for mentioning that! My son has celiac, which means no gluten. If you are participating in teal pumpkin you should really avoid all major allergens. Of course you can hand out whatever you please but don’t include allergens and then advertise teal pumpkin. That’s all I’m saying.

        • AZinOZ

          If she has a separate bowl then she can certainly advertise teal pumpkin. Giving the choice to the kids coming up on if they want candy or something else is great! On behalf of my son (with multiple food allergies)0 Thank you Tara for participating!

  14. Gretchen

    Last year we gave out beaded necklaces (like Mardi gras beads) from Oriental Trading. They were so cheap and both boys and girls we’re excited to get them!

  15. Julia

    We are handing out inflated punch balls again this year. Always a big hit (lol) with the kids.

  16. Shawny

    Just wanted to say all of y’all are awesome! (Not a teal pumpkin family) but I will say that the beaded necklaces, playdoh, and especially the light bracelets are faves from my 2, 6, and 10 yo kids! These are all great ideas! I bet those children will be so excited!!!!

  17. Crys

    People that join this page never stop amazing me. As a Teal Pumpkin family, I can not thank you all enough. Reading thru this brought me tears of how out of the box you all are. AMAZING ideas. Something so simple that keeps so many kids safe, still excited for the day, and still part of the crowd. Thank you HIp2Save for posting about it and thank you to all that take part. Still so much good in the world and you all show it.

    • Jennifer (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Awww, that is so sweet and we love hearing this, Crys! You just made our day, too!

  18. Toretto

    We are a teal pumpkin family as well. I keep two sepretate containers. One with non-food items (mini notebooks, crayons, ‘party favor’ type toys, clearance finds, books, etc.) and the other with mini bags of pretzels, mircowave bags of popcorn and other “lunch box” snacks. We do ZERO candy. In our house, we end up throwing it away anyhow, and the non-candy treats are always her eaten right away. We even keep treats for the dogs, it always blows dog owners away.

  19. Pat

    We give out freeze pops-but not frozen. I’m wondering would they work for the Teal pumpkin?

  20. Lindsey

    We usually do glow sticks since I’m a safety stickler. I’ll still do those and microwave popcorn for the kids with no dietary restrictions but this year I found some really cute off brand mini figures (similar to Lego mini-figs) for fairly cheap on Amazon.
    My kids have been chomping at the bit to be able to pick one out before they go trick or treating since I’m giving those out for the Teal Pumpkin Project.

  21. Juliee

    Great post! My food allergic daughter has gone through OIT so Halloween is no longer the stressful event it used to be for us, but it is still tough for so many allergic families and the teal pumpkin project is so welcome for them!

  22. Debbie

    For the past several years I’ve done the after holiday shopping for pencils, bubbles and anything else that’s little. Then put them all away and fill Halloween bags!! I love doing this and kids love receiving them. I also put candy in them but you wouldn’t have to. Happy shopping!!!

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