Halloween is a challenging time for food allergy families. While trick-or-treating might be light-hearted fun for most people, parents of children with food allergies must be constantly aware that a treat might contain a protein that their child may be allergic to. Keeping food allergy kids safe means painstakingly reviewing the ingredients of every piece of candy they receive. Many parents don’t feel comfortable letting their child participate at all–and while that’s certainly understandable (and often necessary), it can make a kid feel left out of their peer group.
Fortunately, our friends at Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) have stepped in with a new initiative that helps make trick-or-treating easier for allergic kids—The Teal Pumpkin Project! The idea is simple. Households can put a teal-painted pumpkin outside their house to signal to allergic trick-or- treaters that they have non-food treats available.
The teal pumpkin helps kids recognize houses that will have safe treats for them. Perhaps more importantly, it encourages households to offer non-food treats that anyone can enjoy, such as bouncy balls, coins,Read More