The Teal Pumpkin Project

Trick-or-Treating is one of those things that every kid, every year looks forward to. (Side note – I do think it’s strange that as parents we are all like, “NEVER take candy from strangers…EXCEPT on Halloween!!” 😂😂😂) But for some kiddos, throwing on that magical $50 sparkly polyester contraption and ringing on door bells is scary not just because of the ghouls and goblins. Kids with food allergies are extra scared and have to be extra cautious during events like this because it could go from fun to tragic in just seconds.

Kiddos with food allergies can’t simply just pick any piece of candy from any bowl. For example, growing up with a severe peanut allergy I knew if there was ANY candy in the bowl at all I couldn’t touch it because of the cross contamination that could happen. And whipping out my EpiPen mid Halloween night just didn’t seem fun. Trick-or-treating was so stressful for me as a kid I just wanted to stop doing it because what was the point?!

Now this isn’t me saying NO ONE HAND OUT PEANUT CANDY because that is completely unrealistic and unfair to the people that enjoy that. Also anyone can be allergic to anything so if we went that route no one would be giving out ANY candy, which is also not where I’m going with this. This is just me saying that maybe in addition to handing out fan-favorite candies we could also have an option available for kids that can’t eat certain candy, or any candy at all. And that is where the Teal Pumpkin Project comes in!

The Teal Pumpkin Project (which was started by FARE {Food Allergy Research and Education}) is pretty simple and straightforward – put a Teal Pumpkin out on Halloween and it is a universal symbol to kids and parents that you have an allergy friendly option for kids. This could be candy in a separate bowl from common allergy triggers OR, as FARE recommends, a non-food option. Think stickers, a little Halloween craft from the dollar bins at Target, glow-sticks, anything! If you click this link for FARE’s website: FARE Teal Pumpkin Project you can read more details about the Teal Pumpkin Project and they offer more suggestions about non-food options for Halloween! You can also mark your house on their map so kiddos can know exactly where to find allergy-friendly options.

The teal pumpkin is just a great, easy and visual way to make all kids feel included and safe while trick-or-treating! And there are a bunch of cute ways to incorporate a teal pumpkin into your outdoor decor! This one is my personal favorite that I came across and I miiiiiiiiight have to do this next year:

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I picked this guy up at Target for just under $7 and it will be out on our porch alongside our traditional pumpkins!:

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Please consider joining the Teal Pumpkin Project movement! We are going to have allergy-friendly candy  (nut, soy, egg, gluten free) as well as some non-food options for the kiddos who need it! I hope everyone has a safe and FUN Halloween! Show me pics in the comments of YOUR teal pumpkins!

 

Happy Halloween!

XO- Megan

 

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