The Teal Pumpkin Project's aim is to make trick-or-treating fun for kids with food allergies. (Teal is the color of food allergy awareness.) It's a new idea, so you may not see many teal pumpkins this year, but when you do, it means that the family in that house is handing out non-food items. The article my student read suggested handing out glow sticks, pencils, stickers, erasers, etc. I think this is a great idea, and I plan to pick up some glow sticks from the $1 store to hand out this year, even though I also have candy. Obviously, not all kids would appreciate non-candy items, but having a choice would mean a lot to kids with allergies.
If you're interested but don't want to paint a pumpkin, you can also post this sign:
Also, be careful not to handle peanut-containing candy bars and the non-candy items with the same hands. I know it sounds crazy, but it really can be dangerous. I suppose kids for whom trick-or-treating is that dangerous are likely to just stay home, but with any luck, this thoughtful idea will spread, and kids with food allergies will have fun trick-or-treating, too.
For more information, visit Food Allergy Research and Education's Teal Pumpkin Project page.