Have you heard about the Teal Pumpkin Project?
FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) is promoting the Teal Pumpkin Project this fall to encourage communities to start a new tradition of having non-food treats to offer at halloween for those with severe food allergies.
It's estimated that about 1 in 13 kids has food allergies, my son included. There are two kids allergic to nuts on my street, and there are only 13 houses. 2 kids in my son's class have nut allergies and there are only 14 kids.
What do all of us do about trick or treating? It depends on the parent.
The first year Blake trick or treated (to houses other than those we know on our street), we let him pick candy that was safe out of his treat pail after. That ended in cleaning throw up off of him within minutes.
Last year, we bought Blake two pails. He trick or treated with one, and we switched it after for a pail we filled up with safe candy.
This year, we will probably do the same, although Blake has told me he'd rather stay home and hand out candy than actually go out and trick or treat.
I first read about the Teal Pumpkin Project last week and I loved the idea and I wanted to get involved.
I picked up some teal paint from our local michael's yesterday and told Blake all about it. He reminded me that his grammy had gotten him some pumpkins a couple weeks ago that he had been playing with and selling at his play stand in the back yard. We set out paper and got to painting.
He loved it. This is the most artistic I've ever seen my left-brained kid. It was a joy to get to do something creative with him that he actually enjoyed.
We picked up some non-food treats including bouncy balls, temporary tattoos and vampire teeth, and we're looking forward to sharing those treats with kiddos that come to our house at halloween.
We are undecided as to whether we're going to get any candy to hand out as well, but the Teal Pumpkin Project isn't about asking you to not hand out any candy. If you want to hand out candy, the idea is to just have some non candy items on hand, too.
We placed the pumpkins outside and hung up a sign letting our visitors know we have food allergy friendly treats for trick or treating as well.
Please check out more information on the Teal Pumpkin Project on FARE's website, where you can find printables, pictures for sharing, and flyers to hang up to promote the Teal Pumpkin Project.
What a great way to make sure kids are safe on halloween.