The Teal Pumpkin Project Aims to Include Children with Food Allergies in Trick-or-Treat Activities

Started in 2014 by FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), The Teal Pumpkin Project serves to raise awareness of food allergies and to include children with food allergies in Halloween trick-or-treating. It was brought to my attention by one of the teachers at Avalon Elementary School a couple of days ago and I wanted to talk about it a little here. It’s such a simple idea and yet has the potential to make a huge impact at Halloween in the lives of kids with food allergies, which can often be dangerous or even deadly. You can join in easily by doing the following:

      • Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
      • Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
      • Bubbles
      • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
      • Mini Slinkies
      • Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
      • Bouncy balls
      • Finger puppets or novelty toys
      • Coins
      • Spider rings
      • Vampire fangs
      • Mini notepads
      • Playing cards
      • Bookmarks
      • Stickers
      • Stencils

We are participating here in the library today, 10/31/15, until 5:00 PM with some allergy-free candy and non-candy treats!

“The TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT and the Teal Pumpkin Image are trademarks of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).” Visit their website at:

About Avalon Free Public Library

Avalon is a bustling little shore town in southern NJ. Our small population of 1800 expands to about 30,000 at the height of summer. We like to think that we serve them all and then some! Our goal is to make our library available to our patrons wherever they may roam.

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