Halloween is fun for kids, but also a challenge for kids with food allergies. Some 15 million Americans have food allergies and 1 in every 13 children are affected by this disease.
Launched as a national campaign by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014, the Teal Pumpkin Project™ raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season.
You can help create a safer, happier Halloween for all kids by putting out a teal pumpkin (that’s right, just paint a pumpkin teal and place by your door where kids can see it) along with a free printable sign from FARE, to indicate you have non-food treats available.
Then provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters (place in a separate bowl if also handing out candy). What to give instead of candy? You can go old school and offer coins, or pick up tattoos, bubbles, glow sticks, crayons, plastic jewelry, stickers, bouncy balls and bookmarks from party or discount stores.
Side benefit: Less leftover candy to tempt you after Halloween is over.