Teal pumpkins used to mark houses with allergy-free treats

29 October, 2017, 03:50 | Author: Nina Hammond
  • Teal Pumpkin Project Promoting Allergy Safe Treats On Halloween

Teal is the color used for food allergy awareness.

During this time of year, kids gather a lot of candy from different Halloween themed events.

The Hess family gets pumpkins donated to them or they buy them out of their own pocket book. To make the holiday safer for them, the Teal Pumpkin Project is taking initiatives, which are quite beneficial.

That's why five years ago, a mom in Tennessee started the Teal Pumpkin Project. "Children with food allergies often feel "excluded" from simple things, such as classroom parties or trick or treating, simply because they can not eat something". These markers notify trick-or-treaters that the house offers non-food treats like glow sticks, beaded necklaces, Halloween rings, crayons, or vampire fangs - small gifts that all children can enjoy, regardless of their allergies.

A food allergy is a life-altering and potentially life-threatening disease; 15 million Americans now have some sort of food allergy, including one in 13 children.

Putting the teal pumpkin out front doesn't necessarily mean you aren't offering candy, but instead, giving trick or treaters the option.

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Additionally, in some cases, foods believed to be "safe" may have been manufactured using the same equipment that process allergy-ridden items, while others may have been cross contaminated somewhere along the way.

More and more teal pumpkins are popping up on front porches including in CT. FARE's mission is to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments.

Last year, over 18,000 households from all 50 states participated in the project.

"I have a severe peanut allergy and tree nut allergy, so Halloween is a little bit harder", said Norris.

From coast to coast, teal pumpkins are making Halloween more fun and inclusive for millions of children with food allergies and other dietary restrictions thanks to the Teal Pumpkin Project®, an annual awareness campaign from Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).

While the teal pumpkin is not meant to replace the traditional act of giving out candy on Halloween, it is an important way to include those who may have dietary restrictions, organizers said.

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