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Teal Pumpkins Make Halloween Safer For Kids With Allergies

Halloween is a spooky night and it’s supposed to be, but for kids with life-threatening food allergies, it can be terrifying.

Any parent of a little one who has food allergies will tell you that finding treats on Halloween night that won’t trigger an allergic reaction can be tricky. Because of the growing number of kids with life-threatening food allergies, Food Allergy Research & Education, also known as FARE, has been pushing the ‘Teal Pumpkin Project’ with the hope of providing a safe and fun night for all kids, regardless of allergies.

The ‘Teal Pumpkin Project’ encourages people to paint a pumpkin teal, the color of food allergy awareness, to indicate that their home is safe for trick-or-treaters with food allergies and that they’re offering non-food treats such as small toys.

According to FARE, food allergies affect 1 in every 13 kids. When you take a minute to think about that, that’s a huge number of kids who might not get to enjoy the fun of Halloween like their peers. I went through most of my life completely oblivious to those who suffer from food allergies and then I met my husband who is allergic to dairy and my eyes were completely opened. It’s not that kids with allergies are trying to get out of eating various foods or candies- it’s that they’re trying to stay alive.

If you’d like to do things a little differently this Halloween and participate in the ‘Teal Pumpkin Project,’ FARE’s website has a bunch of awesome resources and free posters that you can download as well as ideas of things that you can hand out to trick-or-treaters.

[via Teal Pumpkin Project]

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