Teal pumpkins signal a treat for kids with food allergies

Michelle Fandrich
Teal pumpkins are a quick and easy way to indicate that you are passing out treats that kids with food allergies can enjoy. Photo by Michelle Fandrich.

For kids with severe food allergies, there’s nothing scarier than accidentally eating nuts, wheat or some other food allergen, which means trick-or-treating just isn’t very fun when all the houses have only candies that could trigger a reaction.

The national organization Food Allergy Research and Education has been spreading the word about the Teal Pumpkin Project, a way to alert others that non-food treats are available for trick-or-treaters.

The idea of painting a pumpkin with teal paint as a symbol of a food allergy-friendly house started with a food allergy group in Tennessee, but once FARE started posting about it earlier this month, the concept took off, hitting parenting and food blogs from coast to coast.

To the delight of dentists everywhere, Teal Pumpkin Project participants are encouraged to have inexpensive toys, trinkets or items like glow sticks, bubbles or crayons on hand in addition to or instead of traditional candy.

You can find out more at foodallergy.org.

Author: Addie Broyles

Food writer for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360.com.

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