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By Don Smies 

Teal Pumpkin Project®


October 7, 2020 | View PDF

The Teal Pumpkin Project® is a worldwide movement to create a safer, happier Halloween for all kids. Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you have non-food treats available, such as glow sticks or small toys. This simple act promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions. There are a few considerations when choosing which non-food items to hand out. First, some non-food items still contain food allergens, such as some brands of moldable clay, may contain wheat. Additionally, try to choose latex-free items, as there are children who have latex allergies.

Can I still hand out candy? Sure, just do it safely. The point of the Teal Pumpkin Project® is to make trick-or-treating as inclusive as possible. You can keep the experience safe by keeping your food treats and non-food treats in separate bowls.

If I’m handing out candy and non-food treats, how do I determine which treat to give to each trick-or-treater? You can either ask trick-or-treaters if they have any food allergies, or give every visitor a choice of which treat they’d like: candy or a non-food item.

Do kids really like non-food treats? They don’t just like them, they love them! Finding a unique treat at your house will be a fun surprise. Glow bracelets, for example, are a great option. They are inexpensive, kids can wear them throughout the night and parents are appreciative because they help make kids more visible after nightfall. Other non-food items, such as pencils and stickers, can be used at home and at school longer after candy has run out or expired.

If you would like a sign to put on you front door or in your yard announcing you have non-food items, please visit us at the Health Department and pick the one you like for free. Or, you can download and print your own at,, click on free resources and scroll through the items. You can select signs, Pumpkin stencils, coloring sheet, connect the dots, make a mask and many others. Download as many or as few as you like.

If you have any questions, need some additional information or would like to be a member of the Partnership for Promise, please contact Don Smies, 406-433-2207. Check us out on Facebook,


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