Trick or treating brings up many emotions for parents, not to mention an abundance of questions:

  • Should we or shouldn't we?
  • Where should we trick or treat?
  • Should we trick or treat after school or once it's dark?
  • In the neighborhood or a mall?
  • Costume or no costume?
  • Mask or no mask?

I could go on...

But for parents of kids with allergies, Halloween trick or treating takes on an entirely new meaning.

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No longer is it just an issue of safety or beliefs, but it becomes a potential matter of life or death.

All of a sudden, everything you typically try to control for your child with allergies becomes out of your control.

But one community came up with an allergy-free Halloween solution that's sweeping across the country: The Teal Pumpkin Project.

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Teal Pumpkin Project

The Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET) began the Teal Pumpkin Project for their local community as an effort to help families of kids with food allergies know that you support them.

According to Goodfullness.com, all you’ve got to do is put a teal pumpkin outside your house to indicate to trick-or-treaters and their parents that you are ready and willing to provide non-food items like stickers, glow sticks, and various other trinkets that won’t trigger food allergies. This way, Halloween can be fun for all.

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Teal Pumpkin Project Pledge

The pledge reads:

This Halloween, I pledge to show, some extra kindness to the kids I know. I’ll get some non-food treats at the store, like glow sticks, bracelets, stickers and more! I will put my teal pumpkin out on proud display, on my porch, in a window, or on a bale of hay. My teal pumpkin means I support children with food allergies, because all kids deserve to have a safe, happy Halloween.

For even more information and to support the movement, visit TealPumpkinProject.org.

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