Kids love Halloween. What’s not to love? Trick or Treating? The CANDY?! But for many children with food allergies, Halloween can be a very tricky time. Many traditional Halloween treats aren’t safe for children with life-threatening food allergies. I know this first hand. Our 16-year-old son has severe food allergies. His ‘Trick or Treating’ as a child just meant more candy for his siblings. I vividly remember him dumping his candy out onto the floor and sorting it into ‘safe’ and ‘give away’ piles. This was a very important process but unfortunately his ‘safe’ pile only consisted of a few hard candies.
There is an exciting initiative underway to make Halloween a fun positive experience for all! The Teal Pumpkin Project™ is designed to promote safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies. This nationwide movement offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option. Launched as a national campaign by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014, the momentum is building with 100,000 households pledging to participate this year! And, for kids looking for Teal Pumpkin Project™ homes, a neighborhood map will be available.
Do you want to participate?
Participating is simple – Visit FARE’s website to sign the pledge (I signed up this week!), then pick up some inexpensive non-food items (e.g., pencils, stickers, glow sticks), and place a teal pumpkin and/or a free printable sign from FARE outside your home to show that you have non-food treats to hand out. Supporting the Teal Pumpkin Project™ is a simple gesture that can have a big impact.
Please join FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project™ to help us create a safer, happier Halloween for all!