This Halloween we're participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project to promote awareness and inclusion of all trick-or-treaters, no matter their dietary restrictions.
Unfortunately a lot of kids have food allergies, ranging from mild to potentially very dangerous. These allergies can include dairy, chocolate, nuts, soy, gluten, artificial dyes, and more. These kids either can't participate in trick-or-treat or have to throw out 95% of what they get - and when you're a kid that's really rough.
By having a teal pumpkin out, you're letting kids and their parents know that your house is a safe place to trick-or-treat and you have non-food items available. These can be things like novelty pencils, erasers, stickers, bubbles, crayons, small toys, etc. You can still give out the usual candy, but it's a good idea to keep the non-food items separate. This is a great project to allow all kids a chance to feel included in trick-or-treat on Halloween.
FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) has some wonderful resources on their website - including crowdsourcing maps to identify participating houses, printables you can use to proudly show your support and educate others, and fundraising opportunities to help fund food allergy research and awareness.
One of these FARE fundraisers is being hosted by my friend Shannon, mom to a little girl with a severe peanut allergy. This year Shannon is on a quest to spread awareness in her hometown by hosting Teal Pumpkin Project events and fundraise through FARE. If you'd like to learn more about her family's story and make a donation to FARE to help fund awareness programs and world-class research efforts, you can visit Shannon's fundraising page here.
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Post originally published 10/30/15