Don’t Be Tricked by Halloween Treat Allergies: The Teal Pumpkin Project

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In addition to the traditional jack-o ’lanterns, witches, ghosts, and skeletons as you and your children trick-or-treat this Halloween, you may come across teal-colored pumpkins along your route. This is no trendy, pastel gourd you’re spotting on a doorstep. They’re a welcome sign for children with food allergies, telling these trick-or-treaters that they can find safe, alternative treats at these houses.The Teal Pumpkin Project is designed to raise awareness for children with food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters. Halloween can be a tricky time of the year for some children who deal with specific food allergies. With no way to guarantee that a child can avoid coming in contact with their allergen while trick-or-treating, many families have had to make candy off-limits to their children. The Teal Pumpkin Project aims to create a way for children who have allergies to also enjoy the holiday.Why Teal? Teal is the designated color of food allergy awareness. Its bright and easily spotted color has brought awareness to food allergies for more than 20 years.Do children enjoy non-food treats? Yes. Fun, non-food treats may be enjoyed long after Halloween has passed. Options like Halloween pencils or erasers may be used at school or home long after the candy disappears. Glow sticks, small toys, spider rings, and stickers can also provide year-round fun.How can you take part? Supporting the Teal Pumpkin Project is as easy as placing a teal-colored pumpkin or Teal Pumpkin Project sign in your yard. It indicates that you are handing out non-food treats as an alternative to candy. You can still hand out candy; just be sure to separate the treats and allow trick-or-treaters to choose which they would like.The Teal Pumpkin Project has been organized by the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) organization since 2014. It offers free, printable Teal Pumpkin Project signs here.

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