Trick-or-treat this year with children's food allergies top of mind. The Teal Pumpkin Project urges families around the country to hand out non-food items on Halloween for a safer night. It's so easy to participate.
The Halloween decorations are making an appearance in Jersey City and we know lots of you moms and kids have already gone pumpkin picking! We’re in the Halloween spirit and before you settle on the candy you’re giving away this year, we hope you think of the many little ones impacted by peanut (among other food) allergies. According to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), one in every 13 children has a food allergy and every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room. That’s one way to instill fear in a parent on a night like Halloween.
FARE created the Teal Pumpkin Project® to offer a safer, happier Halloween for all kids. Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep means you are participating as a safe place for kids with allergies to trick or treat, and we are in to it! Instead of candy, you have non-food treats available, such as glow sticks or small toys. Looking for homes with teal pumpkins in your area? FARE makes it easy with this interactive map. Be sure to add your home to it if you decide to participate. Need ideas for non-food treats to give out? Hazel has some great options including bubbles, eco eggs, veggie crayons, or veggie dough!
If you’re thinking of painting your pumpkins with your kids this weekend, be sure to pick up a pack of teal paint so you can participate this year, and post photos for us on social media! Wishing you a safe and fun Halloween to come.