The Teal Pumpkin Project™: A Halloween Treat for Kids with Food Allergies

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What’s the best part about Halloween? Candy!
While most kids look forward to strolling around their neighborhood in costumes filling up their plastic pumpkin with treats, those with food allergies have a very different experience. Allergens like peanuts, tree-nuts and milk are key ingredients in many popular candies, limiting what some kids are able to enjoy at the end of the night.
Food Allergy Research & Education, a nonprofit organization that works on behalf of Americans with food allergies, wants to make sure all children can have an enjoyable Halloween with their national Teal Pumpkin Project™ campaign. On Halloween, families are encouraged to hand out non-food items so everyone can enjoy the night. Some fun ideas include:
  • Playing cards
  • Markers, crayons and colored pencils
  • Notepads
  • Funny glasses
  • Costume jewelry
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Stickers
The Teal Pumpkin Project™ helps children reduce the amount of sugary candy consumed on Halloween, but still get a fun treat.
In addition to passing out these items, families are encouraged to paint a pumpkin the color teal (representing the color of food allergy awareness) and place it in front of your home. This will let parents of trick-or-treaters know that you have alternative treats available for their little ghoul or goblin.
To learn more about this initiative, visit the Food Allergy Research & Education website.
For more tips on how have to have a safe, fun-filled Halloween with your child, check out these blogs:
Here’s to helping everyone have a happy and healthy Halloween!
This post has been updated from an earlier version.
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