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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Halloween: Teal Pumpkin Project

Halloween is right around the corner, and food allergies are on my mind. With E's first year trick-or-treating, we realized that there are very few treat options for him. Most houses give out chocolates and candies with nuts, which is difficult to avoid. Two years ago he wasn't very disappointed and focused on the few treats that he could enjoy.

Kids with food allergies should be able to enjoy Halloween just like everyone else, and that's where the Teal Pumpkin Project comes to play. It's a national campaign to raise awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters. We will be participating this year and offering both candy and non-candy treats!

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E and O loved painting their pumpkin teal. For O it was a fun project, but E understood the meaning behind our teal pumpkin. The pumpkin is a welcomed sight for parents with food allergies to know that this is a safe place for their children to trick-or-treat. Later I painted another layer and mixed in some white paint to make it more teal. 

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We even have a sign posted on our door from the Food Allergy Research and Education website. E is very proud of our sign and points it out to every guests who walks through the door. He carefully explains that we have both candy and non-candy treats and that they are allergy friendly. 

Teal Pumpkin Project

For our non-candy treats, I made treat bags with bubbles, temporary tattoos, and a glow bracelet. They were all purchased at Target and relatively cheap. The great thing about non-candy treats is that I can save any leftovers I have for next year. For those who want a sweet treat, we have lollipops, jelly beans, and gummy bears. They are free of the top 8 food allergies and made in a nut free facility. Fun and yummy treats for all!

Teal Pumpkin Project

Although we are participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project, I know most households will not be participating. To make sure that trick-or-treating is safe for my kids, we will have a trading program. They can trade in their treats for a gift! They are cheap items from the dollar section at Target that should be a lot of fun for the kids.

Yay for the Teal Pumpkin Project! Yay for safe treats! Yay for Halloween! Cannot wait to celebration on Saturday with the kids.

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