Teal pumpkins are a part of a national campaign called The Teal Pumpkin Project (accurate, if not very imaginative) that was launched in 2014 by Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), a non-profit organization working on behalf of those with food allergies.
For one in 13 children in the U.S., the teal pumpkin means they can enjoy trick-or-treating just as much as other children.
Many of the Halloween candies on the market contain some of the most common allergens, including nuts, soy or wheat, milk, and eggs. Many of the mini versions don’t even come with a nutritional label, making it hard to know what is safe for those with food allergies.Worse, the small-sized candies are often mass-produced on shared equipment. Maybe that means non-food treats such as mini Slinkys, spider rings, and bubbles. Even there, moldable clay can contain wheat, and there is widespread sensitivity to latex.
A crowd-sourcing map created by FARE allows people to find houses in their area participating in the project. Users can also add their household to the map and connect with nearby families that way. The pumpkins are colored teal because teal is the official food allergy awareness color – it has been used for nearly 20 years to raise awareness for causes such as this.