This Halloween have a healthier holiday by providing Halloween treats without sugar for kids who are trick-or-treating. Halloween can be a scary time of year for parents of kids with food allergies or intolerances since there are treats everywhere that may be deadly or damaging to their little ones.
The Turn it Teal Project is run by FARE, Food Allergy Research and Education. FARE introduced the program in 2014 as a way to keep Halloween safe and fun for everyone, especially those with food allergies. The Teal Pumpkin Project is an easy way to make a big impact in your community. By placing a teal pumpkin outside your home on Halloween, you are letting others know you are an allergy-friendly home and are offering non-food items as treats.
Using the guidelines set by FARE, consider purchasing small toys, such as glow sticks, glow-in-the-dark jewelry, pencils, slinkies, stickers, and other small toys. They last longer than candy and can keep kids occupied for more than just a single night with little risk of an emergency reaction.
Others who use a teal pumpkin offer both candy and other treats so that parents and kids can choose the treat that works best for them. It is important for parents to be aware that some teal-pumpkin homes may be offering both candy and non-edible treats. In some cases, your child may have a reaction if the non-edible offerings become cross-contaminated with the candy.
The Teal Pumpkin Project is not only great for kids with food allergies, it’s also perfect for kids who suffer from sucrose intolerance and other health conditions, such as diabetes, where consuming sugar could cause a bad reaction.
Making teal pumpkins can be a fun project to enjoy with the kids. All you need is some non-toxic teal paint and a pumpkin. By making a teal pumpkin with your child, you can create a teaching moment either about their own food allergies or intolerances or about those of others. You can also find teal pumpkins branded by the Teal Pumpkin Project in Michaels Crafts and Walmart. To participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project, check out the website for more information.