Teal pumpkins to make Halloween safe for kids with food allergies

Teal Pumpkin Project Promoting Allergy Safe Treats On Halloween

The idea behind the project is to make trick-or-treating safer for all kids. Her solution started with painting a pumpkin teal, the color representing food allergy awareness.

Know that a candy that has been safe for your child in the past may now have different ingredients.

About one in 13 children has a food allergy.

The Hess family gets pumpkins donated to them or they buy them out of their own pocket book. They didn't start the Teal Pumpkin Project, but want to spread awareness around Hampton Roads.

This year, FARE sent Teal Pumpkin Project kits to 225 elementary schools in underserved neighborhoods, including to neighborhoods in San Diego, to drum up community engagement. "Many popular sweets include the common food allergens of peanuts, tree nuts, soy, eggs, milk, or wheat, and besides that, the small sized sweets often given out during Halloween do not usually have ingredients on them and, there is too much of a risk for children with food allergies to eat that candy without knowing what's in it".

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Food allergies can be tricky to deal with normally, but become increasingly hard around Halloween. This child, in particular, has a food allergy to peanuts, tree nuts, and soy. FARE's mission is to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments.

What does the teal pumpkin mean?

Whaley participated in the project by passing out erasers and stickers during the Pikeville Farmers Market trick-or-treat event on Saturday morning.

If a home has a teal pumpkin outside, it means they offer non-food items.

Why teal? The quick answer is that the pumpkins indicate families who are participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project, an effort to make Halloween trick-or-treating more friendly for kids with food allergies. With one teal pumpkin on your porch, you can make this Halloween an inclusive one that is safe and fun for all children! This year, word of the Teal Pumpkin Project has reached millions of people through social media as well as through partnerships with national retailers who have shown their support for children with food allergies.

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