Teal Pumpkins: Trick-or-treating safety for kids with severe food allergies

Oct 30, 2017, 01:26
Teal Pumpkins: Trick-or-treating safety for kids with severe food allergies

In response, FARE launched a campaign three years ago that lets homeowners easily signal the trick-or-treaters with food allergies, telling them it's safe to visit. "We are thrilled to see so many people embracing the Teal Pumpkin Project as a way to ensure kids with food allergies can enjoy a safe, fun Halloween experience just like their friends", says Veronica LaFemina, spokeswoman for Food Allergy Research & Education.

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.

All they had to do was buy a pumpkin and use free painting supplies to show their homes have more inclusive Halloween selections.

Chloe Guerrera, a junior at Monroe-Woodbury High School, is a teen advisor with the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) organization which provides information and raises awareness toward those living with food allergies.

For millions of children with food allergies and their parents, the Halloween trick-or-treating tradition can sometimes be fraught with anxiety because many sweets that are handed out contain major food allergens such as milk, peanuts, tree nuts and wheat.

What is the Teal Pumpkin Project?

Why put out a teal pumpkin? Food allergies can be life-threatening, and they affect 1 in 13 children in the United States.

The Knoxville Elks Lodge No. 160 chose to join the Teal Pumpkin Project at their trunk-or-treat this year.

There is also a map available for parents to check out where other households are participating in the city.

I don't have time to paint a pumpkin. Meldrum spread the word about the initiative among her neighbors, who have now shown their support for the last two years, with at least 30 teal pumpkins in her own neighborhood.

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