One in every 13 children is affected by a potentially life-threatening food allergy, which can make Halloween a risky time of year.
This, according to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), a non-profit organization committed to advocating for individuals with food allergies, is one of the reasons behind The Teal Pumpkin Project.
The campaign encourages people to raise awareness for food allergies by painting a pumpkin teal and placing it on their doorstep with a printable sign that indicates non-food treats are available.
“So many holidays are hard for children with food allergies and this idea can really help make it fun for these kiddos,” says Katie Van Buren, MS, RD, clinical dietitian for ProMedica. “From a dietitian standpoint, it is also nice to have some non-food treats available for kids, and the kids love it also.”
The Teal Pumpkin Project means children can participate in a holiday where their food allergies might otherwise make celebrating difficult or impossible.
FARE suggests these items as food treat alternatives:
- Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
- Pencils or pens and erasers
- Mini Slinkies
- Whistes, kazoos, or noisemakers
- Finger puppets or novelty toys
- Spider Rings
- Vampire fangs
- Mini notepads
- Small games
- Stickers and stencils
To learn more about how your family can participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project, visit FARE’s website and download a printable sign.