Teal Pumpkin Project – Food Allergies
Have you been seeing the teal pumpkins around and wondering what they are for? I know over the last couple of years, I had been seeing them pop up in the neighborhood near ours where we would take the siblings to go trick or treating. I didn’t know what they were for, but, now that I know, I think it is amazing and I get really excited every time I see a Teal Pumpkin around town.
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What is the purpose of a teal pumpkin?
With the increasing amount of food allergies being found in children, Halloween has become more of a stressful time for some families who children are impacted by them. Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) has started the Teal Pumpkin Project, with hopes of creating a safer and happier Halloween for all children. If you want to be a part of the Teal Pumpkin Project, you can grab a pumpkin and paint it teal, buy a teal pumpkin or find a way to creatively show that you are a part of the teal pumpkin project with a sign or flag or something of that sort. Etsy has quite a few cute and creative ideas! By doing this, you are showing families that have children with food allergies that you will have other “treats” that are safe for those kids. Since their are so many allergy variations, it is smart to just have non food treats available for those who request them. Ideas for this kind of “Treat” can be found for little cost at the dollar store, at online stores or party supply stores. This may even be cheaper than buying the big bulk bag of candy. In order to keep them “safe” for kids with allergies, please keep them in a separate container from your candy to avoid any possible cross contamination.
I hadn’t really thought about this much prior to having children. When I was younger, it wasn’t as well known I don’t think. I have now heard some schools send out letters asking all parents to avoid PB&J sandwiches or anything that has to do with peanut butter, even if you child isn’t allergic. Kids have been sharing lunches and those with allergies were eating things they shouldn’t have. Back in my day, (I can’t believe I just said that at 28 years old!) we didn’t have to worry about that. I can’t tell you how many times I had a PB&J for lunch. But, even now, our daughter was diagnosed with a dairy and soy allergy at only a few weeks of age. It is something she will grow out of. But, in the mean time, I have to pay attention to every label to see if things have dairy and soy in them. I can now understand the necessity and be extremely thankful for things like the Teal Pumpkin Project. If Caroline has any other allergies as she gets older, it will be nice to be able to safely take her Trick-Or-Treating when she gets old enough to and know that she could have the option of other fun “treats” to have when she goes out with her friends.
What can you do to help?
I think this is awesome to be able to do! If you’d like to participate there are a ton of awesome ways to show your support in the teal pumpkin project. If you are interested in donating to the cause, head to the food allergy site.
Safe treat ideas:
If you are excited to participate in the teal pumpkin project and need some safe treat ideas for those who need them. We have a fun little list here for you:
- Glowsticks, glowing bracelets and necklaces
- Pencils, pens, markers, crayons and coloring books
- Noisemakers like poppers, whistles, kazoos
- Vampire teeth
- Bouncy balls
- Rubix cubes
- Fidgit Spinner
- Play Doh Tubs
- Slap Bracelets
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We hope that now that you know more of the idea behind the Teal Pumpkin project, that you decide to help support the kids with food allergies during this Halloween Season. Have a great time out there and be safe!!!