Teal Pumpkin Project
Halloween for Children w Allergies
For anyone who has a child with an allergy, or will be distributing (or leave out) Halloween Candy for Children this year, please read this Article. My daughter, Kelly, posted this the other day as Zachary has severe allergies, especially peanut (or any nuts) allergies, which if found in a piece of candy can be fatal! Thought this was important to share this with my readers!
Teal is the new black (or, actually, orange) when it comes to trick-or-treating this season.
Using the official color of food allergy awareness, the Teal Pumpkin Project was started to let neighbors know that if they see a teal pumpkin on someone’s doorstep while trick-or-treating that the house will give out small toys instead of candy to kids with food allergies.
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) picked up on the campaign after an allergy group in Tennessee came up with the idea in 2013.
Instead of or in addition to candy, FARE recommends giving out small items like mini slinkies, spider rings, Halloween-themed erasers, or vampire fangs as fun, safe alternatives for kids with food allergies.
The project has grown quickly in the last three years, with households from 50 states and 14 countries participating last year, according to the project’s website. This year, hundreds of thousands of households have committed to distributing non-food treats on the holiday. You can join them by displaying a teal pumpkin on your porch, doorstep, or windowsill on Halloween night.
This year, the Teal Pumpkin Project has partnered with Michaels craft store, which is selling teal craft pumpkins online and in stores.