Last year we gave you six tips for handling Halloween if you have food allergies and suggested that you be on the lookout for teal pumpkins. And this year our advice hasn’t changed – the Food Allergy Research & Education organization is once again encouraging families to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project.
There are nearly 6 million children in the US with food allergies and young children are affected the most, according to FARE. The Teal Pumpkin Project aims to create a safer Halloween experience for children and families with food allergies. The event raises awareness about food allergies as well as allows all children to participate in the holiday. Participating households will display teal-painted pumpkins at their door if they have non-food treats like small toys, bubbles, bracelets, stickers, crayons and other items to pass out to trick-or-treaters. (Some homes may also offer nut-free, dairy-free, or other allergy-friendly candy.)
Are you planning on participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project this Halloween? You can add your home to FARE’s crowd-sourced map. This will allow you to connect with other participating homes in your neighborhood and let trick-or-treaters find you on the big night. Households across all 50 states have already signed up and FARE’s current goal this year is to have 100,000 participating homes. In addition to putting a teal pumpkin on your porch or doorstep you can also hang a Teal Pumpkin Project flyer to let parents and kids know they can safely stop at your house. (FARE offers signs and resources for download here.)
Hudson Allergy is happy to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project again this year. Check out our pictures below!
If you believe you have food allergies or have questions about resources available to people with allergies, give us a call. Or, if you are looking for an allergist, we’d love to meet you. We can be reached at 212-729-1283 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.