Teal is the new orange this Halloween night.
Apparently, teal pumpkins are what you put out to let trick-or-treaters know that you are offering non-allergen treats to children. Did you know this? Did you get the memo? It’s to signal that you have safe goodies like stickers, stencils, and glow sticks to give out instead of candy. Good to know!
The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season. The nationwide movement offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option.
The steps to participate are:
Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters.
Place a teal pumpkin – the color of food allergy awareness –in front of your home to indicate you have non-food treats available.
Add your home to the Teal Pumpkin Project map.
Spread the word! Share the Teal Pumpkin Project with your friends and family.
“Halloween is the perfect time to ensure that every child feels included & special. By participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project you can make this a reality for the 6 million kids living with life threatening food allergies. Allergy & Asthma Network is happy to collaborate so that every block in America has at least one home where if even for a moment, all children feel safe & welcome to trick or treat.” –Tonya Winders, president and CEO, Allergy & Asthma Network
“For children with dietary restrictions due to a medical condition, such as for eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases, Halloween can be anything but a treat! That is why APFED is pleased to support the Teal Pumpkin Project, an initiative that focuses on the inclusion of children with special diets who trick-or-treat. This powerful campaign also raises awareness of food aversions during Halloween, which is appreciated by the thousands of families who struggle to follow medically-necessary diets each day.”– Mary Jo Strobel, executive director, American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders
“The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) stands with our food allergy partners to protect the health and safety of children during Halloween. The Holiday season, from now through the new year, poses threats to millions of kids trying to manage food allergies. That’s why AAFA serves as a source for education, advocacy, and support in navigating the dangers of the disease. We applaud those participating in this important awareness project and encourage more to join and safeguard our youth with food allergies.”– Kenneth Mendez, president & CEO, AAFA
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