by Holly L
Holidays like Halloween can be a very challenging time for families that suffer with food allergies. I know all too well the anxiety that surrounds the trick or treat festivities for a child that faces the fear of a reaction every time they put something in their mouth. As food allergy awareness is on the rise, more people are finding ways to make food centric holidays more inclusive. Trick or treating can become a safe and fun event for all children thanks to the Teal Pumpkin Project.
Teal Pumpkin Project
The Teal Pumpkin Project was created in 2014 by the Food Allergy Research and Education group, to provide non-food options on Halloween night. People across the country participated by painting a pumpkin teal and placing it on their porch to indicate that they would have some non-food items to pass out.
Non-Food Options For Trick-or-Treaters
Many children have various food allergies or other conditions that can make participating in Halloween trick or treating a stressful event for them. Providing a non-food option in addition to your candy, and placing that teal pumpkin on your porch is a great way to allow all children to participate in the holiday without fear and frustration.
Where To Find Goodies To Handout
Many local stores offer inexpensive items to hand out. Great places to look would be Target, The Dollar Store, and any party supply store. Be sure to check the party aisles in these stores for some hidden gems. Temporary tattoos, small plastic trinkets, stickers, bubbles, glow sticks, army men, plastic dinosaurs, and bead necklaces are all cheap options that any child would be happy to receive.
You can download and print a Teal Pumpkin Project poster here to place in your window to let everyone know you are participating.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!