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Teal Pumpkins Make Halloween a Little Less Scary for Some Parents

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It’s 6 weeks until one of the most exciting days of the year for kids, Halloween! Many kids are already choosing their costumes. Scarecrows and skeletons are popping up around neighborhoods to signal the arrival of fall. Of course, for children, the highlight of fall is trick-or-treating.

Trick-or-treating has been a holiday tradition in the United States for about 100 years, though there was a break in the tradition in the 1930’s due to sugar rationing. Organized community trick-or-treating began soon after, to try to keep some control over the “tricks” part of the holiday.

For many people the relief of the end of a hot summer and the arrival of sweater weather brings nothing but joy. However, for parents of children with life-threatening allergies, Halloween is very scary indeed. Allergies can range from mild to deadly.

There are many different food allergies, so it isn’t quite as simple as choosing the right candy. And while nobody wants to deny their child the rite of passage that is trick-or-treating, obviously safety is more important that the yearly sugar high.

That’s why it is so heartwarming to see a wonderful solution to the problem.

H/T Reader’s Digest

“Whether you carve or paint, it’s practically an obligation to decorate any pumpkin you get your hands on. But for some, those decorations are about more than creating a seasonal work of art. If you see any pumpkins painted teal this Halloween, take note. They have a very important meaning.

Halloween can be an exhausting time for families with children who have food allergies, especially to these seven common foods responsible for almost all food allergies. It’s seemingly impossible to know what kind of candy and food will be placed into your child’s bag, which may pose as an immense threat to their health and wellbeing. In fact, according to the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), one in 13 American children has a food allergy, about two in every classroom.

Fortunately, FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project ensures a happy and safe Halloween for children with and without allergies. Porches decorated with teal pumpkins during trick-or-treating indicate that non-food treats are being offered at that particular household. Some examples include stickers, bubbles, or glow sticks. If you want to participate, you can also give out any of these non-candy Halloween treat options.

The now-worldwide movement was launched as a national campaign in 2014, but it was initially inspired by a local allergy awareness activity that took place in East Tennessee. The color teal has been associated with food allergy awareness for nearly 20 years, hence the teal colored pumpkin. (Want to personalize your teal pumpkin? Here are 27 free pumpkin carving stencils to try out).
According to the FARE website, almost 18,000 households in the U.S. participated in the project last year. People who wish to participate this year can add their homes to the project’s  participation map and see if their neighbors are participating as well”.
I think this is a wonderful way to safely include all children in Halloween.
Food allergies are on the rise and are more prevalent now than ever. While the cause of the increase isn’t fully known, there is no doubt that more children are at risk every year of having severe reactions to ingredients in their candy.
Why not help take away the anxiety for the parents and put a smile on a child’s face and consider taking part in the Teal Pumpkin Project this year?

 

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