Halloween is just around the corner, and we all look forward to dressing up in our costumes to go trick-or-treating,but a new campaign is aiming to make trick-or-treating safer for people with food allergies, and it can help a lot of other people be healthier as well.
The Teal Pumpkin Project was started by FARE: Food Allergy Resource Education. The idea is to paint a pumpkin teal or put a teal pumpkin poster up in your window to indicate that you are offering non-candy treats that are safe for people with food allergies. Collecting trick-or-treat candy can be dangerous for people with serious allergies because of the long list of ingredients on most store-bought candy, and because even candy that doesn’t list an allergen as an ingredient can be dangerous if it’s made in a factory that also contains allergens, such as peanuts and wheat.
But there are lots of other people who need to limit sugar due to conditions like diabetes and ADHD who would also benefit from more Teal Pumpkin houses on their trick-or-treat route. Why not offer some non-candy treats, instead of or in addition to candy, so that Halloween can be fun, healthy and safe for everyone in the neighborhood?
- Glow sticks, necklaces, wands, glasses
- Pencil toppers
- Fake/plastic bugs
- Cool tattoo/character bandaids
- Mini crayon packs
- Mini Play-Doh
- Hair bows, barrettes, clips (obviously for girls)
- Mini slinkies
- Bouncy balls
- Mini nail polish (again, girls)
- Temporary tattoos (Halloween themed or popular characters)
- Spider rings
- Halloween stickers
- Mini plastic army guys
- Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars
- Plastic vampire fangs
- Whistles/other annoying noise makers
- Mini bottles of water (for the adults)
- Mini water squirt guns
- Girls fake jewelry (rings, necklaces, bracelets)
- Mini coloring books
Use the hashtag #tealpumpkinproject to show awareness.