Teal Pumpkins: Making Halloween More Fun For Kids With Food Allergies

The Teal Pumpkin Project

 

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Helping make Halloween more enjoyable for kids with food allergies

The Teal Pumpkin Project  was started this year as a way to raise awareness about food allergies, and to encourage people to provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters.  

FARE, which stands for Food Allergy Research & Education, is asking people to paint a pumpkin a blue-green teal color, and place it on the front porch with a sign letting people know you’ve got non-food treat items available.

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There’s less than a week to Halloween 2014.  Perhaps you’ve already got your treats to hand out.  Perhaps not.  Could I ask a favor?  If you haven’t already got treats, how would you feel about handing out non-food items instead?  The kids are going to get so much sugary stuff on Halloween and for days after at different events, they’ll get plenty.   And it’s actually fun for them to go through their goodies and discover a few unexpected items!  Last year we handed out glow in the dark bouncy balls, that my kids STILL play with.  And this year we’re passing out Halloween tattoos.  Walmart sells the tattoos in little boxes so they’re all ready to hand out as treats, we got 4 bags of 30… hope that’s enough!

Instead of a candy treat that will be gobbled up in 2 seconds flat, why not give something that can be played with, or enjoyed for a little longer than a treat, like a tattoo or stickers?  I think it’s a great idea for all the kids receiving treats, but if you don’t agree, perhaps you’d be willing to supply some non-food treats for kids with food allergies?  Halloween can be a really scary time for kids with peanut, dairy, and gluten allergies.

NON-FOOD TREAT IDEAS:

Pencils
Necklaces
Braceletes
GlowSticks
Bouncy Balls
Pens
Erasers
Stickers
Rings
Notepads
Bubbles
Noisemakers
Buttons
Tattoos (temporary, of course)
Fangs
Markers

Here’s a FREE Printable sign you are welcome to use:
Teal Pumpkin Food Allergy FREE PRINTABLE

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I hope you have a safe and super fun halloween,
Rebecca

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