"It has been absolutely unbelievable to see families continue to embrace the Teal Pumpkin Project, whether they are personally affected by food allergies or not", Witkop said.
Only in its fourth year as a national initiative, the Teal Pumpkin Project has become a household tradition for many families across the United States. "It's clear that food allergies are a serious public health issue that we all must take seriously". Food Allergy Research & Education's first Facebook post about the Teal Pumpkin Project a year ago, reached 2.7 million people in less than 72 hours, the organization reported. "Children with food allergies often feel "excluded" from simple things, such as classroom parties or trick or treating, simply because they can not eat something".
More and more teal pumpkins are popping up on front porches including in CT.
For children with food allergies, Halloween can be less trick and more treat when homeowners participate in the the Food Allergy Research & Education's Teal Pumpkin Project.
There are a few sweets considered "safe", but people participating in the project usually hand out non-food items.
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"It's a terrific way for communities to come together and we would love to see at least one teal pumpkin on every block". Many families across the country will have available both candy and non-food treats for trick-or-treaters. You can also download a free sign from the FARE website and post it on your front door. This will help explain the meaning of your teal pumpkin to visitors to your home. Some examples include pencils, pens, crayons, markers, bubbles, Halloween-themed erasers or pencil toppers, bouncy balls, and stickers.
It's also important to note that families who participate are not discouraged from offering candy to children without allergens. Sure - just do it safely!
The teal pumpkin effort is meant to make Halloween more inclusive, and trick-or-treating a better experience for kids with a range of food allergies.
Whaley grew up looking for safe treats. She hopes to spread awareness about FARE during the Halloween season to help those kids with food challenges.