Halloween is just around the corner — do you have your teal pumpkin out?

You have probably heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project or seen a mention of it on your social media accounts. But what really is it? The Teal Pumpkin Project is an initiative of FARE, Food Allergy Research & Education. The project encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season. The nationwide movement offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option. 

According to The Teal Pumpkin Project, one in 13 children in the United States has a food allergy – that’s roughly two in every classroom.

The project doesn’t advocate not giving out candy; instead, it suggests offering an alternative non-food treat for those who have allergies or for whatever reason, candy isn’t an option. It’s easy to participate! Purchase non-candy items to distribute on Halloween (in addition to your candy). Just like your turn your lights on and put out a pumpkin to let your neighbors know that you’re welcoming trick-or-treaters, just put out a teal pumpkin (or print out a teal pumpkin sign) and let neighbors know that you have allergy-safe treats, too! Just be sure to keep your candy and non-candy options in different bowls.

Even if your child doesn’t have food allergies, participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project helps make Halloween a little sweeter for ALL kids.

After all, it takes a village, right?

Non-Candy Halloween Treats Kids Will Love

Fun Teal Pumpkin Ideas

For when you’re gifting just a few kids…

Crazy Aaron’s Mini Tins
Available at Tiny Toes

Karen Jacobs, owner of Tiny Toes in Bel Air, loves this idea for goody bags and trick-or-treaters (and hey, slime is still super popular so your house will be the most popular on the block!). “There’s a little bit of science in each one,” said Karen. “One is magnetic, one is heat activated, one glows in the dark.” She added that Aaron’s Thinking Putty is made in the USA, right ‘up the road’ in Philadelphia. 

Halloween Pens and Pencils
Available at Becket Hitch

Halloween pens and pencils are always a safe bet with kiddos. Target always has a fun variety if you’re buying in bulk. But if you’re purchasing for a just a few kiddos — these light-up gel pens from Becket Hitch will definitely get a WOW! 

Halloween Paper Surprise Balls
Available at Paper Source

Kids unwrap these Halloween creatures to reveal jokes, temporary tattoos, a paper crown and a little surprise. (How fun!) Set comes with one cat, one witch, one mummy, and one jack o’ lantern. 

Finger Monster Tattoos
Available from Amazon

These come in packs of 20, so you can break them up! 

Halloween Scrunchies
Available from Wee Chic

The VSCO girl in your life — and the little sisters that look up to them — will be delighted.  Enough said.

Budget-Friendly Ideas for When You Have a Huge Neighborhood

BOO Bubbles

Find bubbles in bulk at Party City or Target and attach one of these free printables from Tatertots and Jello.

DIY Bracelets

Love this pony bead and string kit idea that we found on Pinterest.

Halloween Scratch Art
Available from Amazon

Scratch art is always a HUGE hit at our Community Events — so it’s a no brainer that they would make great treats! They come in packs of 50. Consider making individual bundles so that it’s easy to “grab and go.”

Superhero Slap Bracelets
Available from Amazon

Slap bracelets and back and these superhero ones will be used beyond the spooky season!



Editors’s Note: This post does contain Amazon affiliate links so (cool) progeny will receive a small amount if you end up purchasing an item from one of those links.