Halloween is fast approaching, and for many kids that means trick-or-treating! However, with around 7% of kids suffering from food allergies, it’s more of a case of tricky treating for some families. With recent reports of rising allergy related hospital admissions, Halloween can be a stressful night for some parents. That’s where the teal pumpkin comes in.
The Teal Pumpkin Project is only in its third year, but it’s quickly making its way from the USA to the rest of the world. Organised by the American organisation FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), it’s designed to make Halloween a more inclusive event for all kids – including those with food allergies.
Here’s how it works:
People participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project will be giving trick-or-treaters either allergy-friendly sweets or small toys or non-food treats instead. To make it easy for parents of kids with food allergies to see which houses are safest for their kids to visit, people taking part will have a teal pumpkin outside their house.
This is a great initiative, and one that is really easy to get on board with. There are plenty of ideas online for non-food treats. From glow sticks and bracelets, to temporary tattoos and stickers, the list goes on. It’s really only limited only by your own creativity!
So this year, why not grab the teal paint and make one of your pumpkins really stand out.
For more information on The Teal Pumpkin Project, visit the FARE web page.
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