The Teal Pumpkin Project

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Teal Pumpkin Project

What is the Teal Pumpkin Project? 

The Teal Pumpkin Project is a campaign started by FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) to support children with food allergies, intolerances, and other food-related conditions, and to keep them safe during Halloween. The idea is that in addition to handing out the typical candy to trick-or-treaters, people will have a separate bowl of non-food items to hand out. Having these non-food, allergy safe items allows children with allergies, intolerances, or other food-related conditions to enjoy trick-or-treating in a safe way. 

Why is the Teal Pumpkin Project so important?

Food allergies impact roughly 6% of young children in Canada. That is roughly 300,000 trick-or-treating aged children. There are also roughly 975,000 children who are living with food intolerances and even more children living with food-related conditions such as diabetes and IBS. That means well over 1 million Canadian children cannot eat the candy that they go trick-or-treating for every Halloween.

 The Teal Pumpkin Project helps to create a safe and welcoming Halloween for these children! 

How to participate

You can participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project by following 3 simple steps. 

  1. Have non-food, allergy-friendly items in a separate bowl at your doorstep for Halloween. 
  2. Put a teal pumpkin on your doorstep to alert trick-or-treaters that you are an allergy-friendly home. 
  3. Add your home to the Teal Pumpkin Project Map so that trick-or-treaters know where to find you! 

You can access the Teal Pumpkin Project Map HERE!  

Allergy-friendly items to have on hand include: 

  • Glow sticks
  • Allergy friendly Play-Doh 
  • Bracelets, necklaces
  • Pencils, crayons, markers
  • Bubbles
  • Bouncy balls
  • Finger puppets
  • Spider rings
  • Vampire fangs
  • Mini notepads
  • Playing cards 
  • Halloween activity books 
  • Stickers
  • Stencils 
  • Allergy-friendly chalk
  • Halloween themed erasers, pencil toppers
  • Whistles
  •  Bookmarks

Enjoy Life has several allergy friendly treats – 

Enjoy Life products are all made in a gluten-free facility and are free of the following 14 allergens:

  • Gluten
  • Wheat
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Dairy
  • Casein
  • Soy
  • Egg
  • Sesame
  • Mustard
  • Lupin
  • Added sulfites
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Crustaceans 

Try these Enjoy Life hacks 

  • Melt your Enjoy Life white chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate Mini Chips and pour them into a lollipop mould or ice tray. Add a lollipop/popsicle stick to each mould or cube. Allow the chocolate to harden for 5-10 minutes. Remove each chocolate sucker carefully by the stick. 
  • Melt your Enjoy Life chocolate and gather your favourite allergen-free snack foods such as bananas, apples, strawberries, chips, marshmallows, and more! Dip your snacks into the melted chocolate for an allergy-friendly chocolate fondue. 
  • Combine your favourite Enjoy Life Seed and Fruit Mix with your favourite Enjoy Life chocolate mini chips to create a delicious allergy-safe trail mix. 
  • Using Enjoy Life Brownie Bites as your base, and melted Enjoy Life Mini Chips as your coating, make your own allergy-friendly Cake Pops! Crumble your Brownie Bites and roll them into bite sized balls, then insert a stick and dip the brownie rolls into the melted chocolate. Top with your favourite allergy-friendly sprinkles or other toppings. 

Trick-or-treating with food allergies, intolerances, or food-related conditions can be scary! To ease your fears, book an appointment with one of our team members. 

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