Halloween: Black and Orange and Teal?
Posted on October 19th, 2015

​​Eating candy after a fun night of tricks and treats can make any kid a little sick to their stomach, but for kids with food allergies, Halloween activities can be far more serious. For those who experience anaphalaxis, the risk of contacting allergens while trick-or-treating can be deadly.

At our house, thankfully, food allergies are NOT life-threatening, so it's not too big a deal to go out on the annual candy grab and just keep a close eye on the kids to make sure they don't sneak in a little taste-testing before we get home. Still, it can be difficult for them to visit house after house, politely thanking our generous neighbors for brightly wrapped treats in which they know they'll probably not be able to indulge.

Last year, FARE, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to food allergy research, education, advocacy, and awareness partnered with Becky Basalone, a Tennesee mom who had been decorating with teal pumpkins and handing out non-food treats since 2012. More than 100,000 households across the US and around the world took the pledge to create a safer, happier holiday experience for all kids by passing out non-food treats for Halloween. Pumpkins painted teal or pictures of teal pumpkins were used to let trick-or-treaters (and their parents) know they could find allergy-friendly items at those houses.

Although our family has always offered non-food treats, I only heard about The Teal Pumpkin Project™ a day or two before Halloween last year, not in time to paint a pumpkin. This year, however, I'm excited to put one teal pumpkin out among our decorated jack-o-lanterns so that our neighbors know they can collect stickers or erasers or glow sticks (or whatever we buy this year) at our house. 

Do you want to participate in The Teal Pumpkin Project™ with us? Visit FARE's Teal Pumpkin Project site to learn more about the program, get some great treat ideas, and help spread the word!

The Teal Pumpkin Project and the Teal Pumpkin Image are trademarks of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).

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