Help Kids With Food Allergies Enjoy Halloween

posted: 10/06/16
by: Katherine Sosnoff
Child holding a teal pumpkin

For kids with food allergies, normal childhood celebrations can be a potentially dangerous proposition. A birthday party cupcake could trigger a terrifying allergic reaction, meaning that kids with food allergies often have to miss out on fun celebrations and traditions that other kids might take for granted.

Halloween is no exception. Most candy contains milk, nuts, and many other common allergens, making trick-or-treating a minefield for both kids with allergies and their parents. Despite food allergies, every kid should get the chance to take part in the fun of trick or treating, so the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) has launched The Teal Pumpkin Project. The Teal Pumpkin Project is an effort designed to include all children in the tradition of trick or treating on Halloween by providing safe, non-food treats to kids who can't partake in the Halloween candy grab. By painting a pumpkin teal and placing it on their doorstep, participants indicate to trick or treaters that they have non-candy treats, such as small trinkets, stickers or toys.

Want to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project this Halloween? Check out the steps below to ensure you're able to provide a safe Halloween experience for kids with food allergies this year.

  1. Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters.
  2. Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate to passersby that you have non-food treats available.
  3. Display a free printable sign or premium poster from FARE to explain the meaning of your teal pumpkin.