Teal Pumpkins: Trick-or-treating safety for kids with severe food allergies

Teal Pumpkin Project Promoting Allergy Safe Treats On Halloween

According to the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) organization, 5.9 million children under age 18, or 1 in 13 kids, suffer from food hypersensitivities.

Can you still pass out candy? The point of the Teal Pumpkin Project is to make trick-or-treating as inclusive as possible.

FARE thanks the following Teal Pumpkin Project official 2017 partners: Ahold USA (including its brands Stop & Shop, Giant Food and Giant/Martin's), CVS Pharmacy, DBV Technologies, FunWorld, Hy-Vee, Learning Express, Magic Power, Market Street, Mello Smello, Michaels, Savers (doing business as Savers, Value Village, Unique and Village des Valeurs) and SCS Direct.

If a home has a teal pumpkin outside, it means they offer non-food items. A flyer can also be printed from the website.

A local family has been spending the last few years making sure every child gets to take part in Halloween.

The Teal Pumpkin Project is working to spread awareness of food allergies by encouraging families to leave a teal-colored pumpkin on their doorstep.

Yes. The Teal Pumpkin Project asks participants to keep the experience safe by putting food treats and non-food treats in separate bowls.

Many sweets are not safe for kids with life-threatening food allergies.

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For children with food allergies, Halloween can be less trick and more treat when homeowners participate in the the Food Allergy Research & Education's Teal Pumpkin Project.

Families who are managing other diseases for which candy presents a problem, such as diabetes and celiac disease, have also shown support. For example, consider a child with a peanut or tree nut allergy.

"Participating in this really helps more children of the community feel included in a fun holiday tradition", Guerrera said.

Allergies can make Halloween a tough time for kids who are lactose intolerant or allergic to nuts.

During this time of year, kids gather a lot of candy from different Halloween themed events. Schwartz recommends checking to see if the medication is up-to-date before leaving the house, as auto-injectors typically expire within one year.

For younger children, Schwartz adds, "You don't want to bring up the larger, darker side of things".

"I just think it is a way for us to give back to the community", Whaley said.

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