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I’ve seen a lot of recent posts about the Teal Pumpkin Project. A lot of people seem to be jumping on the bandwagon, but they don’t really understand what they’re getting into! This is an amazing idea that was started by the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE). It’s a way for the community to support children with food allergies on Halloween by offering non-food treats. But, it’s more than just setting a Teal Pumpkin on your porch.
You can visit FARE to find out all of the details straight from the source. However, if you are going to participate, here are 5 tips you should know from a food-allergy mama!
1. Display a teal pumpkin or hang a sign so we know you are participating. We’ll probably skip the houses that aren’t participating. If you need a sign, you can find a free download for your window here or buy a decorating kit here.
2. All allergies are different. You’re probably used to the common allergies like peanuts, tree nuts, etc. But, there are some rare allergies out there, too. Buying candy that doesn’t contain any of the major allergens is kind of missing the point. I suggest sticking with non food items.
3. Don’t mix your candy with your non food treats. If a child has a severe allergy, just coming into contact with the ingredient may cause a reaction. So, please use separate bowls.
4. Don’t give out non-edible homemade treats containing food products. This includes play-doh, slime, etc. We appreciate the idea, but if we can’t be sure it is safe, we can’t let our child have it. Things like cooking utensils could be cross contaminated. It is just too risky!
5. And, most importantly, we don’t expect you to accommodate our children. They’ve dealt with disappointment before, and we probably have a secret treat stash for them at home. Please only participate if you want to brighten a child’s day in a big way!
So, what can you give out for treats?
Some of my favorite ideas include:
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Ready to get started? Go take the pledge on the FARE website.
Will you be participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project this year? What treats do you like to hand out?