What do Teal Pumpkins in Burlington Mean This Halloween?

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I’m joining the teal pumpkin project! I made the official pledge, painted my pumpkin, and have my non-candy treats ready.

Wondering what the heck teal pumpkins are all about? The Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) organization started the initiative last year to make Halloween safer and more inclusive for kids with food allergies. If you put a teal pumpkin on your porch it means you have non-candy treats for trick-or-treaters.



Why did I decide to join?

  • Having non-food treats feels like a pretty simple way to include and welcome our friends with food allergies.
  • My own lifestyle is mostly grain, dairy, and sugar free and I’d like to support others making similar choices regardless of the reason behind it, allergy or otherwise.

*Amber is also participating; she added that another benefit is it removes the temptation of dipping into the Halloween stash in the days leading up to the big night!


Need ideas for non-candy treats?

Here’s what I got from the local dollar store:


  • Halloween hair elastics X4
  • Laser finger beans X 4
  • Party glasses X 4
  • Halloween erasers X 9
  • Halloween sticker books X 10
  • Glow in the dark spider rings X 4
  • Glow in the dark bracelets X 6
  • Halloween pencils X 10
  • Skydivers X 3
  • Race cars X 4

I quickly realized that you get the most bang for your buck if you get things that have multiples per package. I spent $13.56 and got 58 individual items. I will package 2-3 items together so expect to end up with about 20-25 handouts for trick-or-treaters.




FARE has a map for finding teal pumpkins. There are only a couple of markers in Burlington but I know from conversations in the park and in various Facebook groups there are more folks participating. So keep an eye out for those teal pumpkins!


  1. Tamara 4 years ago

    I love the idea of this. My daughter can’t have gluten, which gives us a glimpse into how challenging this holiday can be for kids with allergies (thankfully, there are lots of treats she can still eat). I’m curious – do you still plan to have standard candy for the other kids?

  2. Kathryn Lagden 4 years ago

    Hi Tamara – Yes, I’m going to have 2 bowls and let kids choose from the candy or non-candy bowl. Happy Halloween!

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