The teal pumpkin Halloween will be allergy safe this year as the Teal Pumpkin Project is well underway to protect kids with allergies from potentially dangerous treats. The project was launched back in 2014 by the Food Allergy Research Association in order to ensure that all the kids trick-or-treating would be safe whilst enjoying the holyday.
Halloween in one of the greatest times of the year for a child and the only thing better than the fun costumes and trick-or-treating with friends is the candy haul at the end of the night. But for many parents and kids, it can also pose some problems.
Many children with allergies to certain food groups have had less than fun experiences on Halloween when it came to the sweet treats they received when trick-or-treating. And for parents that have children with allergies Halloween is often a time to worry and check sweets for ingredients and potential allergens.
The Teal Pumpkin Project was created in order to protect kids with allergies from any bad experiences during Halloween and to include them into the trick-or-treating tradition without any danger to their health or disappointment with the experience.
The idea is simple and effective: people can take a pumpkin, paint it teal and put it outside their door to alert trick-or-treaters that allergy safe foods or non-edible treats can be found there. The project has even crowd-sourced a map for people to mark their allergy safe homes ready to receive the guests.
People have been supporting the project and pitching in however they can. Donna Spears, whose ten year old son is allergic to several foods, is fully endorsing the idea and even trying to help make teals pumpkins available for free in her area for whoever wants one.
She also recalls that her son Andrew’s Halloween experiences have not always been fun, stating that, as he is allergic to soy, eggs and peanuts, he had to decline most of the candy offered to him when trick-or-treating on Halloween.
He also has to wear his allergy bracelet and epinephrine pen with him in case he has an allergic reaction. The Teal Pumpkin Project has helped him enjoy the holyday as he doesn’t have to worry about getting sick or tell people he can’t take their treats when offered them.
Others have helped support the project by also having a bowl of stickers, pencils and tiny toys set aside for kids that may not find an allergy safe treat in the usual bowl of sweets. With the help of this small extra step, many more kids can now enjoy Halloween and feel included in the general fun, no special precautions needed.
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