The Teal Pumpkin Project Now Has an Interactive Map for Halloween!
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Find out everything you need to know about the Teal Pumpkin Project.
Trick or Treat! 🎃
Fall is coming fast and before we know it, we’ll be getting ready for trick or treaters at the door on Halloween night. If you want to feel great about handing out all those goodies, The Teal Pumpkin Project may make you want to participate in Halloween a little differently this year.
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’re signaling to parents that it’s safe for children with allergies to stop at your home and trick or treat.
Even cooler, they just added an interactive map to their website! 👏🏻
This interactive map allows families all over the U.S. to find other houses in their neighborhood that are participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project! By simply adding your address or street, it lets other Teal Pumpkin Project followers know you’ll be giving out Teal Pumpkin treats this year! Plus, it’s a fun & easy way to connect with other homes in your area to help create a safer & more inclusive Halloween for all! 🙌🏻
Since this is feature is totally new, we expect it to grow even more as Halloween approaches this year and even more for the years following!
Here’s what one Hip2Save reader said about The Teal Pumpkin Project:
“I love The Teal Pumpkin Project! My best friend’s son has very severe allergies to just about everything and she has always participated in the Teal Pumpkin Project. I have also always tried to be mindful of all kids with allergies since my daughter is not severely allergic but suffers from colon issues and we have had to adjust her diet many times over the years.”
Set a teal pumpkin on your porch to participate!
Here’s a list of stores where we’ve recently spotted teal pumpkins, and you can even order them all online:
- Target – 9″ Carvable Teal Pumpkin $8
- Target – 9″ Lit Jack-o-lantern Teal Pumpkin $10
- Target – 13″ Carvable Teal Pumpkin $12
- Michaels – 9″ Teal Pumpkin $9.99 (reg. $19.99)
- Joann Fabrics – 13″ Carvable Teal Pumpkin $24.99 (reg. $49.99)
Hip Tip: If you don’t want to buy a teal one, another great option is to paint a cardboard faux pumpkin or a real one you scoop up from the pumpkin patch. Grab the kids and some paintbrushes and make it a fun and educational fall activity.
Here are my top 10 non-food treat ideas if you want to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project:
- Glow Stick Necklaces
- 48 Piece Notebooks, Pencils, Erasers, & Stickers
- Eyeball Bouncy Balls
- Spooky Slinkies
- Monkey Stringy Balls
- Halloween Notepads
- Glitter Sticky Hands
- Mini Noise Putty
- Mini Halloween Stamps
- Halloween Slap Bracelets
I also love the Teal Pumpkin Party decor, good bags, and yard signs available online at Target and Amazon! Plus, don’t forget to stop by your local Dollar Tree to see all their affordable non-food Halloween goodies!
*Note that playdough contains wheat/gluten so FARE does not recommend this candy alternative.
Here’s what a few readers said about their Teal Pumpkin Project from last Halloween:
“For years I’ve been handing out glow sticks. Seeing how excited the kids get and how they’d yell to their parents about them is so rewarding. Plus, it’s cheaper than candy too!” – Emily
“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 also save happy meal stuff year-round for goodie bags and purchase little packs of crayons for the little ones so parents can put them in their diaper bags. We also often do bubbles, bracelets, fangs, tattoos, and stickers.” – Jodi
“We are a teal pumpkin family as well. I keep two separate 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, popcorn balls, and other “lunch box” snacks. We do ZERO candy in our house since we end up throwing it away anyhow. Whereas the non-candy treats are always eaten right away. We even keep treats for the dogs, it always blows dog owners away.” – Toretto