You see, teal pumpkins mean that you know that not all kids can have all foods and that you can provide a fun non-food treat to the little ghosts and goblins that visit your home on October 31st. The Teal Pumpkin Project is working on getting the word out to everyone that having non-food treats at your home makes it a safe place to trick-or-treat. It’s a pretty simple thing to do and can mean so much to your friends and neighbors.

I have four kids, and only the oldest one—the one who is no longer living at home, of course—can eat freely. The other three have a variety of food allergies, and one child has celiac disease. So we can’t just let them take their candy to their rooms to gorge away on All Hallow’s Eve. Instead, we have to carefully comb through their selections to make sure they don’t have anything that could harm them, which they’ve always— thankfully— understood, but it’s still disheartening to see their candy pile sadly shrink 1

We’ve never seen a teal pumpkin on a doorstep or porch, but those folks who do provide non-food treats are definitely appreciated. Kids adore small gifts like glow sticks, bookmarks, crayons or small notebooks, and they won’t feel ripped off if they get a bunch of awesome stuff like that. Plus, it can really help ease the minds of their parents.

So consider painting a pumpkin teal this Halloween and stocking up on non-food items to hand out. You don’t have to completely avoid food treats—just have some of both (in separate bowls or buckets) to allow kids to choose. And you will be a real hero on that spooky night.

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Story from Monica Beyer