As a kid, no day brought more unadulterated childhoodd fun like Halloween. Not only did I get to dress up (one of my favorite activities, then and now), I also got to roam the neighborhood after dark in search of sugary goodness. The ghosts! The goblins! The gobstoppers! You can’t have Halloween without candy, right?
Many of the ingredients for in our favorite Halloween candies can spell out danger for trick or treaters with food allergies. According to FoodAllergy.org, 15 million people in the US live with food allergies. One in every thirteen kids is affected by food allergies. What is a kid to do on October 31st if candy is a no-no?
Enter the Teal Pumpkin Project, the brain child of FARE. The goal of the Teal Pumpkin Project is that all kids can enjoy Halloween safely. To participate, simply display a teal pumpkin on your stoop and add your address to their map so trick or treaters know you’ve got the allergen free goodies. In lew of candy, you can give out Halloween pencils, erasers, stickers— the options are endless.
My husband and I are excited to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project because it makes Halloween a more inclusive holiday. What’s more positive than helping kiddos make memories that will last a lifetime?
Learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project here! Let me know if you are participating in the comments below.
Happy Halloween and Stay Positive!
Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with the Teal Pumpkin Project or FARE.