The teal pumpkin effort is meant to make Halloween more inclusive, and trick-or-treating a better experience for kids with a range of food allergies.
- Halloween is synonymous with mini candy bars, pumpkin shaped cookies, and yes, food allergy scares.
Halloween can be extra scary for kids with food allergies.
Let's look at it this way: A parent takes their child trick-or-treating and collects a plastic pumpkin full of candy.
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The Teal Pumpkin Project was started by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee to raise awareness of food allergies and to encourage families to offer non-food alternatives to candy handouts during Halloween.
This year, FARE sent Teal Pumpkin Project kits to 225 elementary schools in underserved neighborhoods, including to neighborhoods in San Diego, to drum up community engagement.
No one wants to end a night of trick-or-treating in the emergency room so for many years, as food allergies were on the rise, parents just couldn't let their children go door to door.
Food allergies can be tricky to deal with normally, but become increasingly hard around Halloween.
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Launched in 2014, the Teal Pumpkin Project aims to "raise awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season", according to the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) group.
The Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) says there are 15 million people nationwide who have a food allergy, and that includes children.
As you prepare to hand out candy on Halloween, it's important to remember that some kids have food allergies.
There are a few sweets considered "safe", but people participating in the project usually hand out non-food items. This year, word of the Teal Pumpkin Project has reached millions of people through social media as well as through partnerships with national retailers who have shown their support for children with food allergies.
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Interestingly enough, this effort to protect children from life-threatening allergies could be the change needed to target other life-threatening health conditions affecting children today.