The TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT was started by FARE (Food Allergy, Research and Education) to promote a safer Halloween for the estimated 15 million Americans with food allergies. As a pediatric dietitian and mom to a kid with serious allergies, I took the pledge last year and have again this year to offer non-food treats to trick-or-treaters who request them. I am committed to helping make Halloween safe and fun for everyone. Check out the details at Tealpumpkinproject.org
Allergies may seem like a nuisance for play dates and parties. I often hear parents complain. And if you aren’t affected, I totally get it. It seems crazy to read labels and worry whether something was manufactured on a machine that might manufacture an allergen. But if you are parent, like I am, who has driven your heart out to get your kid to the hospital in time (next time I’ll call 911), scooped up your kid and run them into the ER while they are in the midst of anaphylaxis - eyes swollen shut, coughing, sputtering and wheezing, hives popping up all over their body, and if you have desperately handed your kid over to several angels who immediately gave your child the life-saving medications needed, you would agree that those seemingly small acts, perhaps annoying at times, really are acts of kindness. That moment of terror, watching helplessly as your child is well beyond your help... If you had experienced that, trust me, you would never want any kid or parent to go through that again. And those extra steps you take, well I think I can speak for other allergy parents when I say, we all thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
While my child's allergies don't typically come into play on Halloween, I most sincerely feel for parents with kids whose do. So, I am more than happy to buy a few small Halloween non-food goodies, place them in a separate bowl, and help everyone have a safer and happier Halloween. Don't have time to paint a teal pumpkin? No problem, just print out the sign from FARE's website, and hang on your front window or door. Add your address to the map on FARE's website, so people will know where they can trick-or-treat safely. Please consider joining me in this meaningful project! Go to FARE's Teal Pumpkin Project to learn more!
Check out my teal pumpkin - all ready for Halloween!