Teal Pumpkin Project highlights trick or treat homes for kids with allergies
(WENY) -- As the excitement mounts for dressing up in costumes and trick or treating events, not all kids at Halloween will find it so sweet. It can often be a challenge for families who have children with allergies to participate. A national program is aiming to make it a little easier for all families to participate in the holiday.
The Teal Pumpkin project is run through the national non-profit Food Allergy and Research education group (FARE). When a homeowner places a teal pumpkin on the porch, it means they either have allergy-safe foods, or non-food treats for trick or treaters. The goal is to ensure Halloween can stay a safe, fun holiday celebration for everyone, promoting inclusivity for all kids.
if you already are a designated "teal pumpkin house" you can spread the word! There is an interactive map available on the FARE website, and free materials, like posters you can download, to let the public know to stop by.
Some recommendations for non-food options include fun mini notepads, stickers, bubbles, glow sticks, slinkies and more. Additional information about the Teal Pumpkin Project can be found here: https://www.foodallergy.org/education-awareness/teal-pumpkin-project