You might see a lot more teal pumpkins while trick-or-treating this year. If you spot one outside a neighbor's home, it's because they are participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project. Originally launched in 2014, the project aims to spread food allergy awareness and allows for kids with food allergies to trick-or-treat for allergy-free or non-food treats or snacks. How sweet is that?
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According to FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), 5.9 million children in the U.S. under the age of 18 suffer from a food-related allergy. Out of that group, about 30 percent are allergic to more than one type of food. Popular Halloween treats often contain the top allergens, which include nuts, milk, egg, soy or wheat.
Participants are encouraged to share non-food treats like stickers, small toys or glow sticks. “Supporting the Teal Pumpkin Project is a simple gesture that can have a big impact,” the FARE site reads.
“The Teal Pumpkin project has been a blessing to me and my household. Having a child who has allergies, FARE and the Teal Pumpkin Project have raised awareness regarding food allergies profoundly,” explains Dr. Elizabeth Trattner, an Integrative Medicine physician and wellness coach based in Miami. “It sends a message about safety for all, and kids and parents ask us all the time what it means. Many kids will even ask for a hypoallergenic treat instead like a little ring or bubbles.”
Pretty sweet, indeed.
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