Ashley Lloyd is ready for trick-or-treaters with bags of chips, a bowl of candy and mini-tubs of Play-Doh.
Lloyd is one of a few on her block in Saskatoon – and one of many in North America – with a teal pumpkin on her front step.
The vibrant decoration is a signal for trick-or-treaters that a non-food option is available at the home.
“We give out Play-Doh, pencils, stickers, erasers – stuff like that,” Lloyd said.
The Teal Pumpkin Project was launched in 2014 by Food Allergy Research and Education, with the aim to promote safety and inclusion for kids managing allergies.
It has since spread worldwide in places where Halloween is celebrated.
Lloyd has put out a teal pumpkin the last couple years, after learning her three-year-old son had a peanut allergy. Now, she plans a route for treats that will make Halloween safe for her boy.
“It’s fantastic since he can’t eat a lot of the treats out there, he at least gets something while he trick or treats,” she said.
People with teal pumpkins are also encouraged to print off a sign letting people know a non-food option is available.
Families can find homes taking part in the Saskatchewan in an online map.