What they definitely shouldn’t be worrying about? How scary a trip-up to the ER could be after an allergic reaction.
But for children with food allergies( and their parents ), the exhilaration of operating doorway to door and asking for a trick or a treat can be overwhelmed by the stress of a seriously dangerous reaction to the ingredients in the candy.
That’s where the Teal Pumpkin Project comes in.
A few years ago in East Tennessee, neighbours came together to raise awareness for food allergies. How? By placing teal pumpkins outside their doors on Halloween to signify that those houses are safe for trick-or-treaters who have allergies .
Any tiny ghost, little Superman, or mini Princess Elsa could stop by a teal pumpkin house to get a non-food treat, like a small toy or a glow stick.
The Teal Pumpkin Project took off operating, and this is the second year that Food Allergy Research and Education( FARE) has promoted it nationally .
“Halloween can be a tricky hour for families managing food allergies because many traditional Halloween treats aren’t safe for children with life-threatening food allergies, ” FARE’s website explains. This nationwide motion offers an alternative for children with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option, and maintains Halloween a fun, positive experience for all! ”
This year, #TealPumpkinProject has even started trending on Facebook and Twitter, and hundreds have tweeted their supporting of the project.
Want to be a part of the Teal Pumpkin Project? Of course you do. Here’s how.
First, paint a pumpkin teal or publish out one of the signs on FARE’s website to show neighborhood kids and parents that you’re an allergen-free trick-or-treat stop.
Then, pick up some allergen-free treats for the children coming to your door. Toys, stickers, temporary tattoos, boxes of crayons … the options are pretty much limitless.
Just don’t get lost in the toy aisle!
Being a kid isn’t always easy, especially if you’re a kid with food allergies.
And it can be even harder on the children’s high vacation of Halloween. Thanks to the Teal Pumpkin Project, neighbors can now help each other keep their children safe , and kids with allergies don’t have to miss out on the fun. That’s pretty great.
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