One in 13 children in the U.S. have a food allergy. Even a tiny amount of an allergen can cause a severe reaction for the child. Food Allergy Research and Education organization (FARE), has created the Teal Pumpkin Project to help children with food allergies have a safe Halloween.
The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies during the Halloween season. This initiative gives children with food allergies, or who are unable to eat candy an alternative to have a fun trick or treating experience.

The steps to participate are as follows:

  1. Provide non-food treats for trick or treaters.

  2. Place a teal pumpkin – the color of food allergy awareness – in front of your home to indicate you have non-food treats available.

  3. Add your home to the Teal Pumpkin Project Map (link can be found at the source site below).

  4. Spread the word on social media by using #tealpumpkinproject in your posts. Tell your family and friends about the project.

“If a child has a food allergy, the child shouldn’t eat any candy until their parents can look at the labels to make sure they are safe for them,” said Josh Campbell, APRN with HSHS Good Shepherd Family Health. “If your child should experience any unusual symptoms after eating a new candy, please visit the emergency department immediately.”

Help to create a safer Halloween for all children.


About HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital
Since its inception in 1916, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville (GSS) has been dedicated to excellence in healthcare for those living and visiting their communities. GSS has accomplished this by providing comprehensive health services and meeting the needs of patients served through their compassionate care, business integrity and community responsibility. GSS provides a 24/7 emergency department that is fully staffed by physicians and highly-trained nurses, and also features inpatient and outpatient services, including a 24-hour laboratory and an imaging department that meets today’s highest standards for diagnostic imaging technology. GSS has an advanced surgery department and an acute inpatient care unit. Dedicated to being a hometown hospital, GSS’ home health and rehabilitation departments are committed to excellence with a team of professional nurses and therapists providing a variety of medical services and rehabilitative therapies, all designed to help patients heal in their own environment. The group of visiting specialists in the outpatient clinic works closely with GSS to help keep the healthcare services local even if a specialized procedure or exam is required. GSS strives to be the first choice for the community’s healthcare needs. For more information about HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, visit   

About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit

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HSHS Illinois
Office: 217-464-5610

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