Started by a mom in 2012 and adopted by FARE in 2014, the Teal Pumpkin Project is a movement that helps spread awareness about food allergies and promotes safe, inclusive non-food treats at Halloween.
Not only does it give kiddies with food allergies a chance to safely take part in all that trick-or-treating fun, but it also helps minimize the amount of junk food our children are ingesting at this time of year.
“In no way do we want exclude candy from the Halloween tradition. That is not our goal,” says Becky Basalone (the mom behind the idea). “We’d just like to see a safe alternative during food-based activities for [food-allergic] children.”
Want to help turn your neighbourhood teal this Halloween? All you need to do is follow these 3 simple steps:
1. Grab some inexpensive non-food treats at places like Dollarama, Michael’s, or Wal-Mart. (Or check out HypeFoodie’s greener options here.)
2. Display a teal pumpkin on your porch, or post a sign in your window. (Download a free poster directly from FARE’s website.)
3. Add your house to the participation map so food allergy kids know where to find you. (And that’s it!)
Good luck tealing up the neighbourhood! Now I’m off to do this…
P.S. Wondering if you can serve edible treats if you go teal this year? Of course! Just make sure to keep your non-food treats in a separate, safe bowl. Simple as that.
Friendly. Supportive. Encouraging.
Want to join a community of like-minded food allergy folk? Join the AllergyBites Community on Facebook.