The Teal Pumpkin: Children with Food Allergies and Halloween

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Parents of Children with several food allergies know that for their kids Halloween is one of the hardest holidays to celebrate. This year a new initiative by the Food Allergy Research and Education Organization (FARE), is hoping to start a new tradition for all children to be able to celebrate Halloween and ultimately make a safe Halloween. This project is called the “Teal Pumpkin Project”

What is this about? In order to promote a safer Halloween, FARE is encouraging communities all over the United States to begin a new tradition. The campaign incites families and households to provide non-food treats to trick-or-treaters, providing safe alternatives for children who might have food allergies. To help identify you home as taking part of this campaign, FARE is asking you to paint a Pumpkin teal (teal is the official color of food allergy awareness) and place it on your doorstep. If you are not able to paint a pumpkin, they are offering on their website a printable poster for you to place at your door so parents of children with food allergies know that in your home they will find treats for their children.

What are non-food treats? Ideas for these types of treats are novelty toys that can be purchased at any dollar store; practically all these store will carry these items in different Halloween themed presentations. Traditional Halloween treats are not safe for children with food allergies, but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be part of the festivities and the fun this holiday brings. By joining the campaign you are not only providing a safe Halloween, but you are also promoting inclusion.

According to FARE, this initiative is not seeking to interfere or take away from the tradition of Halloween and collecting candy. Quite the contrary, it is seeking to let children that in other circumstances would not be able to enjoy the experience. Kids with potential life-threatening food allergies also trick-or-treat, enjoy the experience that every normal kid does in October 31st.

If you wish to participate and me a part of the initiative, is really very simple, have a Teal Pumpkin visible for parents of trick-or-treaters. Keep some Non-food treats for children that have food allergy available and that’s it. That would be enough, however, if you wish to go even further go to FARE’s website, and print out the flyer and spread the word of this campaign.