Halloween is almost here! While the holiday should be nothing but fun for kids, allergies can take the night from spooky to truly scary. Many kids are allergic to milk, nuts, eggs, wheat, or soy. These allergies make most Halloween candy off-limits for children, and can sometimes even be deadly.
That’s where the Teal Pumpkin Project comes in. A movement was started this fall to make trick-or-treating safe for kids that in the past would have been left out. The idea is, if you are giving out non-food treats on Halloween, you put a teal pumpkin outside your door so that kids and parents can plan a safe and fun night! Started by the Food Allergy Research and Education organization, the Teal Pumpkin Project has taken off online and people are already posting their own teal pumpkins on social media.
It is important to stay extra cautious this time of year. Because of factory production of candies, some sweets that might seem safe won’t be, due to cross-contaimination with food allergens. The Food Allergy Research and Education organization recommends that parents carry an epinephrine auto-injector, and to make sure that all medication is up-to-date. It’s best to wait until arriving at home home to check all treats properly, because while walking in the dark it’s easy for a child to eat something they shouldn’t.
This time of year can be nerve-wracking for parents of children with allergies, but with the help of the Teal Pumpkin Project, it can get a little bit easier for everyone to enjoy themselves this Halloween.