The Teal Pumpkin Project is working to spread awareness of food allergies by encouraging families to leave a teal-colored pumpkin on their doorstep. Many families across the country will have available both candy and non-food treats for trick-or-treaters.
And if you aren't able to get your hands on a teal pumpkin, you can find print outs from Food Allergy Research and Education.
About one in 13 children has a food allergy. The Food Allergy Research & Education Group started the project in 2014.
With such a drastic increase in food allergies, many schools have changed their policy on in school parties, treats and sweets. A holiday like Halloween can continue to be exciting and a little spooky without the emphasis on candy treats, and the more people who join the Teal Pumpkin Project, the closer we are to adapting these holiday traditions towards a healthier lifestyle.
Enforce a "no eating while trick-or-treating" rule, so that you have time to review all food labels. Many popular Halloween sweets contain nuts, milk, egg, soy or wheat - the most common allergens in both children and adults - and many miniature candy items do not have ingredient labels or allergen warnings, making it hard for parents to determine whether these treats are safe.
"Food allergies can be life-threatening and even a small amount can make a person have a reaction", said Guerrera.
Always read the label of a treat.
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Why put out a teal pumpkin?
We know that the Teal Pumpkin Project is making a difference in so many lives and we are thrilled to grow this campaign on behalf of children who have food allergies, which are potentially life-threatening.
Place your teal pumpkin or sign in front of your home to indicate non-food treats are available.
For more information, watch Kayla's interview.
- Halloween is synonymous with mini candy bars, pumpkin shaped cookies, and yes, food allergy scares.
A food allergy is a life-altering and potentially life-threatening disease; 15 million Americans now have some sort of food allergy, including 1 in 13 children. With food allergies on the rise in our youth today, it's a wonder that we still celebrate Halloween the same way we have for decades.