It’s almost Halloween and for many that means costumes and trick-or-treating. Trick-or-treating means candy. Everyone likes candy, right? Sure, but not all candy is safe for all kids.
This is especially true for those parents who have food allergies. Since most candy is mass produced on shared machines, it could easily come into contact with an allergen such as nuts, soy or dairy. Many of these can be life-threatening for a person with severe allergies.
If you’re like most people, you’re probably thinking “Oh no! I don’t want to harm kids with my treats! What can I do?”
The Teal Pumpkin Project is a movement by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) designed to promote safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies – and to keep Halloween a fun, positive experience for all.
How, you ask? Simple.
The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages people to start a new tradition and raise awareness of food allergies during the Halloween season by providing non-food treats for trick-or-treaters, and painting a pumpkin teal – the color of food allergy awareness – to place in front of their house along with a free-printable sign from FARE to indicate they have non-food treats available.
The idea for the Teal Pumpkin Project originated with the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET), and FARE is pleased to be bringing it to the attention of families across the country for the first time this year.
Getting involved is easy. First, paint a pumpkin teal and place it outside, so that it’s visible to trick-or-treaters. Second, download a free printable sign from FARE at www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project. Lastly, purchase some non-food treats for your guests, and give the option to all that come to your door to choose.
FARE has great suggestions for non-food items, as well as answers to many questions on their website. They hope the Teal Pumpkin Project becomes a tradition for years to come so that kids will know that when they knock on someone’s door that has a teal pumpkin, they’ll have a treat they can fully enjoy.
Have a safe and fun Halloween!
*I would like to thank Nancy Gregory from FARE for answering my questions, and pointing me to their website.
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