What it means if you see a teal pumpkin this Halloween

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October 31, 2019 6:16 pm

It’s finally Halloween, and its not only the traditional orange pumpkins that are catching people’s attention, there are now teal coloured pumpkins stealing the show.

But why are these non-traditional pumpkins much more than just decoration? and what significant purpose do they serve?

The Teal Pumpkin Project

This project was put into place by the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) organisation, first started in 2014 in order to raise awareness of food intolerance’s and allergies, so that those with an intolerance can be included in the trick or treating events that will take place this Halloween and will still receive goodies even though it may not be sweets.

According to FARE Teal is the colour for food allergy awareness & has been used to raise awareness about food related conditions for over 20 years.

1 in 13 children have a food allergy and traditional Halloween candy tends to include ingredients derived from wheat, soy, nuts, egg, milk

How to Participate

Place a teal pumpkin outside your door (You would have to paint it as supermarkets don’t actually sell them) alternatively you can print a free sign  on www.tealpumpkinproject.org this indicates that non-food treats are available

Buy little toys instead of sweets, that way the children will receive an treat

Purchase ‘free from’ sweets for the trick-or-treaters, many supermarkets now have aisles dedicated to allergen free foods

So keep your eyes peeled for teal pumpkins now you know what they mean!

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This post was written by Sara Dakri

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