Do you have a trick or treat with food allergies? How to make sure all children have a fun, safe…
Do you have a trick or treat with food allergies? How to make sure all children have a fun, safe halloween
SPOKANE, Wash. – Tonight is the night some children look forward to the whole year. It’s time to dress, trick-or-treat, and of course sweets! But for 6 million children or one in every 13 children who have life-threatening food allergies – Halloween can be a frustrating night.
Many of them will not be able to eat most of the treatments they collect while knocking on doors tonight because they can have life-threatening reactions to things like nuts or chocolate found in most sweets. Therefore, the Center for Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) Teal Pumpkin Project launched back in 2014.
The goal is to make Halloween as comprehensive as possible and encourage home to offer allergy-free or non-food options for buses or sweets.
If you see a teal pumping on the doorstep tonight, this means that the home has things like little toys, pens, stickers, bubbles or glow plugs that can offer any child who wants them or can not eat candy. Participating houses will either have a real pumpkin that has been painted teal, or a teal pumpkin sign.
If you want to know before you go which houses to make sure you stop, check out this petal tracker online. It is a nationwide map, with places of housing registered as a participant in teal pumpkin. All you have to do is enter the zip code you will be tricked or treated, and the houses will pop up.
You can also add your home to the map if you participate in this year. And it’s not too late to be a teal pumpkin house! Find details for signing up here.
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