Remember when our parents were freaking out at Halloween about pins in candy bars or needles in apples? Those issues seem to have long past us, but now many of our kids have food allergies, many of which are equally as life threatening. Having parented a kid with a life-threatening food allergy for the past eight years, safe Trick-or-Treating has always been one of the biggest challenges. Safe trick-or-treating for kids with food allergies became so much easier with the introduction of the Teal Pumpkin Project™. Unfortunately, in our area of St. Louis, Missouri, it doesn’t seem to have taken off yet.
The mission of the Teal Pumpkin Project™ is to encourage homes to share an allergy free, typically non-food, item with Trick-or-Treaters when they come to the door. Some suggestions from the Teal Pumpkin Project™ are small trinkets like plastic bouncy balls, rings, necklaces. Other ideas are pencils, stickers, erasers, or bookmarks. It’s okay to also have candy, allergen free or not, but having an option for kids who can’t have candy for whatever reason, will go a long way in showing your compassion, even if it doesn’t affect your family directly. (Plus you will score major points with your neighbors, like me!)
If you don’t have time to paint a pumpkin teal for your porch, you can print out a flyer to display on or near your door (or trunk or booth) from the Teal Pumpkin Project™ or download our Nut Free Teal Pumpkin Poster or Allergy Free Teal Pumpkin Poster for free.
Not sure if your treat is safe?
Check the ingredient area of the food package. Food allergens are usually written in bold with an alert to consumers. Some of the allergens to avoid are any nuts, peanuts, soy, egg, wheat, milk or dairy ingredients.
Enjoy your costume day with your kiddos and your neighborhood,