Project encourages non-food Halloween treats

Alternatives include small toys, glow sticks or pencils

The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages people to offer non-food items on Halloween for kids with food allergies. (Food Allergy Research and Education)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Halloween is traditionally a night for kids to dress up in fun costumes and get treats from neighbors.

That experience is fun and harmless for most families, but for children with food allergies, it can also be a source of disappointment.

A movement supported by Food Allergy Research and Education aims to make Halloween fun for everyone by encouraging households to offer more than just candy to kids.

The Teal Pumpkin Project involves simply painting a pumpkin teal to let trick-or-treaters know you have non-food options and providing something like a small toy or glow stick instead.

Participants can also download the flyer from the FARE website.

Dozens of homes in the Portland metro area are identified on the Teal Pumpkin Project’s interactive map of participating homes. According to FARE, homes in all 50 states and 14 countries join in on the Teal Pumpkin Project for Halloween 2015.

Suggested items for non-food treats include stickers, pencils, bubbles and small toys.