Halloween is a day devoted to scary. Every year, we see more places become haunted and more movie marathons that seek to keep us awake for weeks. Costumes and make up have become more realistic, and decorations have become more interactive, whether or not we want to be scared. It’s all part of the fun because- hey- Halloween is supposed to be scary, right? At the end of the night however, when we get home from a long night of mischief and screaming terror, the scary should be over. But for children with food allergies and their parents, the scary has only just begun. The real scare lurks in the treat bags they have brought all night from door to door: where nuts, dairy, gluten, and many other common allergies thrive.
The Teal Pumpkin Project, established in 2014, seeks to destroy this fear. If you have seen these teal pumpkins on display, you might have dismissed them as festive, unique decoration. While this may also be true, the teal pumpkin represents so much more. It serves as a beacon of allergy-friendly hope for every Trick-or-Treater, regardless of his/her diet restrictions.
Teal pumpkin houses avoid the common allergies by providing non-food treats, such as stickers, glow sticks, and bubbles. This way, children with allergies don’t have to waste their valuable treating time at houses that fill their bags with potential threats. They also end up with cooler treats that are better for their health, and will last longer than the bite-sized pieces of candy that take all of 3.5 seconds to eat! It’s a win-win-win situation.
If you’d like to become a part of this Halloween revolution, there are multiple ways to get involved at www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project. Take the pledge, make a donation, or read up on all of the fun goodies you can offer this year to help keep Trick-or-Treating safe, so you can leave the scaring to that ghost behind you!