Halloween is a special time of the year where grown ups and kids alike can let loose and have fun; whether that’s by dressing up as your favorite Disney princess or an extra spooky goblin, carving pumpkins, or gorging yourself on rainbow-colored lollipops and snack-sized chocolate bars. Unfortunately, the holiday can also be especially daunting for children who suffer from food allergies, particularly those who are allergic to dairy products or nuts. Eggs, wheat, and soy are also allergies common in children and make up the key ingredients found in many Halloween treats.
The Food and Allergy Research & Education organization aspires to make Halloween fun and safe for everyone, and that’s why they have the introduced the Teal Pumpkin Project, which has been gaining widespread awareness in recent weeks thanks to various news sites and shares on social media, with the organization’s Facebook post promoting the project reaching close to 3 million people in less than 72 hours.
The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages people to place a teal-colored pumpkin outside their door on Halloween night if they are offering trick-or-treaters allergy-friendly, non-food items. Popular alternatives include stickers, crayons, and small toys.
The project is also receiving positive feedback from families with children who deal with diseases where candy poses serious heath risks, such as diabetes and celiac disease.
“Food allergies can be life-threatening, and they affect 1 in 13 children in the United States. We are thrilled to see so many people embracing the Teal Pumpkin Project as a way to ensure kids with food allergies can enjoy a safe, fun Halloween experience just like their friends,” said Veronica LaFemina, spokeswoman for Food Allergy Research & Education, in an article posted this month by CNN.
Kudos to the Food and Allergy Research & Education Foundation for bringing awareness to a serious health issue, while promising a Halloween that is safe and enjoyable for all.