We wanted to bring you something “sweet” a bit early this Halloween season to make sure your kiddos have the opportunity to enjoy the treats from this fun tradition without the tricks. FomoNomo with these great tips that everyone should read and consider with special care.
What child – or adult – doesn’t want to take advantage of trick-or-treating, dressing up for a costume party or carving a pumpkin or two? All these festivities for the spooky season include candy and treats, which can become not as exciting for those with food allergies.
We found an answer to this concern: teal pumpkins. Yes, that’s right – teal is the new orange. This year you can become an activist for making sure all trick-or-treaters are included, all the while raising awareness of food allergies. Scattered throughout your favorite stores, you can find teal pumpkins that become not just a great decoration, but also have significant meaning. Painting a pumpkin teal yourself can also be a fun option.
Why teal you ask? It’s no new idea that teal has been used for the last 20 years for food allergy awareness, however, in 2014, FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) did a partnership with FACET that merged teal and orange during the spooky season. This year has been catalytic because more and more people are discovering this now nationwide and beyond movement.
Placing a teal pumpkin on your doorstep indicates to trick-or-treaters that you have non-food goodies such as, glow sticks or small toys available. By participating in this simple act, not only are you raising awareness, you’re also promoting inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other sensitivities.
Consider these 10 fun and cheap Halloween candy alternatives because kids are never interested in “healthy candy”. Take a peek for yourself to see the reaction of these kids who are being offered “healthy” Halloween treats:
Once you get your teal pumpkin, you can then add your home to the Teal Pumpkin Project map. It is an interactive map of all those participating in the project and will also show you who in your area in participating so you can connect. So, spread the word and add your location to the map and say, “Yes! I have non-food treats available for Halloween.”