Is teal the new orange? We’re talking the Teal Pumpkin Project

Published by Andria Earnshaw (October 19, 2017)

I can’t be the only one who’s noticed a new color showing up among the traditional black and orange Halloween decorations at your favorite stores. You may be tempted to think that the teal pumpkins are an interloper in your Halloween festivities, but you would be wrong.

Those teal pumpkins are beacons of understanding for the families of children with food allergies. If you’ve got a teal pumpkin as a decoration it shows that you have non-food treats to give out to trick or treaters. You’re giving the kiddos with allergies the chance to have a normal trick or treating experience without the worry of accidentally eating something they shouldn’t.

Don’t worry, you aren’t the only person who didn’t realize how challenging Halloween can be for families who are managing food allergies. I hadn’t really thought about it myself. I mean, when I was a kid I had a neighbor who couldn’t have peanuts but he simply traded his Snickers and Reeses to me, the one who didn’t want the Laffy Taffy or Now and Laters. I never realized that one in 13 children in the US has a food allergy, that’s about two kids in every classroom.

Three kids in Halloween costumes sit on the brick stoop of their home, all holding teal pumpkins on their lap.

Teal pumpkins, so every kid can have a spooky good time this Halloween!

This year, let’s all make a difference for these kiddos. You don’t have to stop handing out candy, just keep the non-food treats in a separate bowl from the candy and you’ll be set! (That’s why you’re seeing all sorts of teal pumpkin bowls!) It’s easy to have a few treats on hand like stickers, temporary tattoos, glow sticks, or spider rings for the kiddos who can’t have candy. Need some ideas? check out the Allergic Living’s 2017 Halloween Food Free Treat Guide.

The Teal Pumpkin Project was started in 2014 by Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), this international project’s goal for 2017 is to have at least one home on every block in the US with a teal pumpkin. Let’s help them make their goal a reality!

 

Have questions about the Teal Pumpkin Project?
Visit their website: https://www.foodallergy.org/education-awareness/teal-pumpkin-project

Andria Earnshaw

Andria is a Midwestern girl at heart, though she’s spent most of her life out West. Western Colorado to be precise. Since moving away, she’s really come to miss using the mountains as a guide when giving and getting directions! Her adventure partners are her husband and two dogs who love nothing more than to run. (The dogs love to run, not the husband.) She enjoys reading, hiking and is just getting into photography with her DSLR. You may see some of her photos making their way into her posts, you never know!

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