Turning October Teal
For individuals impacted by food allergies, teal colored pumpkins are more than a simple way to introduce a new hue to fall decor. Amidst the fun of costumes and promise of candy, the Halloween season can be difficult to navigate for families managing food allergies. When a child has a life-threatening food allergy, one simply cannot be too careful, even when it means closely monitoring the tradition of trick-or-treating.

The Teal Pumpkin Project was created by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee and has now evolved alongside of FARE to provide resources and inspiration to families across the world. The movement aims to present ideas for candy alternatives as a way of inclusion for those living with food allergies. In the United States, one in thirteen children has a food allergy, and with many standard candies containing milk, egg, nuts, soy, or gluten- there is a strong need for alternatives that can still provide Halloween joy.

Some ideas for non-food treats to share this Halloween include:
  • bubbles
  • stickers
  • whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
  • glow sticks
  • bracelets or necklaces
  • playing cards
  • pencils or crayons

As a Top 12 Free brand, Free2b is passionate about bettering the world for individuals living with food allergies. We are so grateful for the resources provided by FARE and encourage all eaters to consider embracing the Teal Pumpkin Project this Halloween. Click here to find free printable signs, flyers and materials courtesy for FARE.

Though trick-or-treating might feel different in promotion of social distancing and COVID-19 preventative measures, the Free2b family will be celebrating the season. We are treating ourselves to carving pumpkins, baking these Thumbprint Spider Cookies, and doing our best to avoid any more tricks in 2020! Hoping your family has an equally spook-tacular Halloween!



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