Halloween is supposed to be frightening and fun, but families with food allergies may be more familiar with the frightening aspects of receiving treats their kiddos can’t have. Enter: Teal Pumpkin Project.
The brightly-colored pumpkins sitting on porches and stoops across America are a signal the home has allergy-safe goodies for trick-or-treators.
“Chances are pretty good that a child right down the street from you, right down the block, has a potentially life-threatening food allergy,” Nancy Gregory of the Food & Allergy Research Education Group, sponsors of the Teal Pumpkin Project, explained in a recent NBC News interview. In years past, children with severe food allergies would have been kept home because many common allergens are found in a variety of popular candies.
Starting in 2014, and fueled by curiosity and social media awareness, the Teal Pumpkin Project rapidly spread to all 50 states and 14 different countries as parents, neighbors and doctors help spread awareness of the impacts of food allergies. The campaign allows children to participate by providing a visible sign the home is offering allergy-safe treats.
How do I get involved?
1. Provide non-food treats this Halloween
Ideas for Non-Food Treats:
- Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
- Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
- Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
- Mini Slinkies
- Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
- Bouncy balls
- Finger puppets or novelty toys
- Spider rings
- Vampire fangs
- Mini notepads
- Playing cards
2. Place a teal pumpkin outside your home to show that you do give out non-food treats
It’s as easy as buying a pumpkin and some paint and it adds a new twist to pumpkin carving. Or, you can purchase plastic teal pumpkins at a variety of retailers and online.
3. Display a sign that spreads the word about the Teal Pumpkin Project. Free signs to print are available on FARE’s website.
Sponsored by Texan Allergy
Learn more about protecting your home from allergens and what permanent allergy treatments can help your family at Texan Allergy.
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