Halloween is a fun evening for children around the world. Getting dressed up and eating candy sounds like every kid’s dream come true. Some kids, though, can’t eat any of the candy they get when trick-or-treating. Find out how looking for the home with a teal pumpkin can make this a safe holiday.
Many children experience extreme food allergies. For these kids, it can be dangerous for them to go trick-or-treating.
It’s not just food allergies—celic disease, diabetes, and special diets can all complicate what a child can and can’t eat. While these children could still go trick-or-treating, it’s not fun to have to throw out half (or more) of the candy you receive.
One way to make these children feel included is by offering treats that aren’t candy. There are tons of small gifts that you can stock up on to share at your local discount store—glow sticks, notebooks, crayons, and stickers are just a few.
To find the homes giving out non-food treats, families are painting a pumpkin teal and leaving it in a visible place. This makes it easy for trick-or-treaters to know where they can safely go and get something that they’ll be able to enjoy.
The teal pumpkin sign started through the “Teal Pumpkin Project,” a part of the Food Allergy Research and Education Organization. On their website, they have resources to help parents of kids with food limitations. They also have resources for others to know how to make their treats better for these children.
When you’re out buying candy for Halloween, think about picking up a few treats that aren’t food. It can help these kids feel much more involved and have a lot more fun looking through their Halloween basket.
Have an amazing (and safe) Halloween evening!
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