What Does A Teal Pumpkin At Halloween Mean
This Sunday is Halloween and so many kids are excited about getting their candy. Here's something that I hadn't really thought about before and that is "What about the children that have food allergies?"
It came to my attention after the story I did about the blue Halloween candy bucket. Then I was asked if I had heard of the "Teal Pumpkin Project?" This is a national effort by the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) group to help make Halloween safe for kids with terrible food allergies.
85 million Americans overall are impacted by food allergies, including 32 million who have a potentially life-threatening condition. For the kids, one in 13 live with food allergies. I know several young ones that have to watch what's in their food but I never thought how that could affect them for Halloween.
The Teal Pumpkin Project
FARE has come up with the "Teal Pumpkin Project" as a way to help them have a fun and (more importantly) safe night. Here is how you can help. You are encouraged to paint a pumpkin (or two) teal and let them know that you are having non-food items for your treat.
Put the teal pumpkin on your doorstep so everyone will know that in addition to the candy, you'll also be offering up non-food trinkets. It could be a little toy, games, or stickers. This project began a few years ago and has really taken off.
If your child has a food allergy, it might not be a bad idea to get them a Teal pumpkin candy bucket. If you are looking for some ideas or guidance, go here and see what the Teal Pumpkin Project can do for you and help make it a non-scary Halloween for these kids.