The turquoise pumpkin, the friend of children with allergies

The turquoise pumpkin, the friend of children with allergies
The turquoise pumpkin, the friend of children with allergies

For children with food allergies, there is no respite. The specter of danger and prohibitions are omnipresent. Thanks to the Citrouille Turquoise project, they can now have a safe Halloween.


The concept, born in 2014 in the United States, is an initiative of the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). To allow children with allergies to take part in the Halloween party, without restriction, she set up the Teal Pumpkin project. A great initiative, focused on prevention and inclusion, which is directly in line with the organization's mission.

In Quebec, the Allergies Québec association is supporting the project through the MaCitrouilleTurquoise initiative. She encourages all citizens to place a turquoise pumpkin in front of their house. In this way, little monsters and other allergic creatures will know that in this place they will receive inedible and safe surprises.

How to participate?

  • Place a pumpkinturquoise in front of your home.
  • Prepare pocketssurprises containing nothingedible.
  • Download and print the official posterof the project and paste it in a window.
  • Tell your family and friends about the project to help the movement grow.

Inedible loot bag ideas

A treat or a trick! This is the motto of the strange creatures that will ring at your door on the evening of October 31. Under pen alty of making you play a bad trick, or worse, of disappointing the brats, it is better to have already prepared everything. Here are ten surprise ideas for bags reserved for children with allergies.

  • temporary tattoos
  • Stickers
  • Fun pencils
  • A styrofoam plane
  • A friendship bracelet
  • A Yo-yo
  • A whistle
  • A keychain
  • Luminescent necklaces
  • adhesive phosphorescent stars (to stick to the ceiling)

Allergen-free products

Having a turquoise pumpkin does not exclude that you can also give candy to other children. In this case, it is better to be extra careful and stop your choice on sweets free of the most common allergens. So, if an allergic child answers the call of sugar and gets their hands on one of your bags, the chances of avoiding the worst will increase. Here are some ideas for products without nuts and nuts.

  • Applesauce to drink
  • Individual Potato Chips
  • Certified allergen-free granola bars
  • Allergen-free candies (in speci alty candies)
  • Individually wrapped fruit rolls
  • Chocolates made in a peanut-free factory (Kit Kat, Coffee Crisp, Aero, and Smarties, for example)

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