If you have a child with food allergies, you know just how stressful and disappointing Halloween can be for them. Food allergies, celiac disease, diabetes, food intolerance and other special diets can really dampen the Halloween holiday for kids and parents alike.
Those little fun-sized candy bars often don’t list allergies or ingredients on the wrappers. It’s no fun for parents or kids who feel left out of the fun.
I have news for you, teal is the new orange this Halloween for many families including my own. A national campaign, called the Teal Pumpkin Project, is encouraging parents (like me and you) to offer non-food treats for children with food allergies and to mark our intent by placing a teal-colored pumpkin outside our home.
Food Allergy Research and Education, a nonprofit organization that “works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies,” created the Teal Pumpkin Project to raise food allergy awareness and make sure that all kids get included in Halloween celebrations.
Over 50 states and 7 countries participated in the 2014 campaign and this year its back with the goal to reach 100,000 partaking homes. The goal is not to replace candy but a way to be inclusive and ensure that all trick-or-treaters who come to your door can leave with a smile.
To take part in the initiative, sign the online pledge to paint your holiday pumpkin teal to indicate there are allergen-friendly, non-edible treats at your home, such as stickers, small toys and any other creative thing you can think of.
Will you help spread the word that “Happy Halloween” isn’t just for kids who can safely eat peanuts anymore, but for every kid, because they all deserve to a Halloween.
Need help making your pumpkin teal? Check out this tutorial on Moms Favorite Stuff!