Have you heard of The Teal Pumpkin Project?
Food allergies can be life-threatening to children and, unfortunately, most Halloween candy is filled with these dangerous allergens (peanuts, milk, wheat, etc.). This fall, the Food Allergy Research & Education Organization is encouraging families participating in Trick-or-Treat to “go teal.”
The Teal Pumpkin Project aims to provide children with food allergies a fun and safe evening of Treat-or-Treating with their peers. Homes participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project offer non-edible treats (stickers, temporary tattoos, etc.) to children with food allergies as alternatives to traditional candy. To join in on the all inclusive fun, place a teal-painted pumpkin outside your front door during Trick-or-Treat. This signals to other families that your house is participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project and will have alternative treats for their little ghouls and goblins.
In addition to children with food allergies, families with children who are diabetic or are unable to eat by mouth are supportive of the project. The Teal Pumpkin Project is a wonderful opportunity to include children with special needs in your community’s Trick-or-Treat night by providing them with a safe and happy Halloween. Our family will have our teal pumpkin out for Trick-or-Treat 2015 (Ok, it looks more blue than teal, but you’d be surprised by the lack of teal spray paint at the hardware store). If your family chooses to make your own teal pumpkin, spread the word by using the hashtag #tealpumpkinproject