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Imagine having a peanut allergy and getting home from trick or treating to find you have an abundance of treats that you cannot enjoy for fear of being seriously ill. It takes the fun out the evening for a child with allergies. Sadly, this is all too prevalent these days.  With Halloween around the corner, and all the trick or treaters set to descend upon the neighborhood, passing out candy has become a concern for some. To make the holiday fun again for those with allergies there is the Teal Pumpkin Project ™ If you have kids in school, you know all about the various food allergies present in their classrooms, from gluten sensitivities to peanut allergies.  Gone are the days of moms bringing in cupcakes for birthday parties or packing the PB&J sandwich in a lunch box for fear of causing issues for classmates. These are the kids that benefit from this new approach to Halloween treats.

The project started by FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) encourages families to give out inexpensive non-food treats to children.  A few great ideas are glow sticks, pencils, small squishy toys, erasers, playing cards or crayons.  Amazon and Oriental Trading have a great selection of items that won’t break the bank.  If you are unsure of what may go over well, ask your kids for suggestions.

The Teal Pumpkin Project ™ launched last year and had participants in all 50 states and 7 countries.  This year, over 100,000 households have pledged to participate in the project, aimed at making Halloween all-inclusive again.

If you would like to get involved, simply place a teal pumpkin or two outside your door to let all the ghouls and goblins know you are passing out allergy friendly treats.  You can turn this into a family affair by having your kids paint plastic pumpkins in shades of teal and decorate however, they wish to. Use the pumpkins again next year as the project grows with more and more families supporting the project.

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