If You See A Teal Pumpkin This Halloween, This Is What It Means
Halloween is one of the most magical times of the year for a child. For a child with food allergies, however, it can also be stressful and dangerous. To help ensure Halloween is safe for all to enjoy, the Food Allergy and Research Education (FARE) launched the Teal Pumpkin Project.
The Teal Pumpkin campaign was launched to provide an alternative to candy for trick-or-treaters with food allergies. By placing a teal colored pumpkin on your doorstep, parents of children with food allergies will know you have non-food treats available. By handing out treats that aren’t food, kids with dietary restrictions will still be able to safely participate in the fun of trick-or-treating.
Teal is the color of food allergy awareness. According to FARE, nearly 8% of the children in the U.S. are affected by food allergies.
How To Participate
Participation in the Teal Pumpkin Project is easy. Place a teal painted pumpkin outside your home on Halloween to notify parents you have non-food treats. Don’t worry if you aren’t able to paint a pumpkin. The Food Allergy and Research Foundation website also provides signs and printables to hang on your front door. Their website also provides a section where you can log your home on a map with other participants.
The final step is to stock up on non-food goodies for trick-or-treaters.
Halloween can be a scary time for children and parents dealing with food allergies. Providing alternative options provides inclusion and relief to children and parents. Although you may think, not getting a candy bar would bum a child out, there a lot of fun alternatives to food that any kid would enjoy.
Stickers, temporary tattoos, crayons, glow sticks, bubbles, bookmarks, stamps, erasers and bouncy balls are just a few fun examples of Halloween giveaway ideas.
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