Across the pond, a Halloween allergy awareness initiative is helping kids with food allergies to stay safe. Learn more about the Teal Pumpkin Project and how to get involved...
If you're a parent of a child with food allergies, the idea of 'trick or treat' can be a real-life nightmare. With so many hidden allergens in sweets and treats, there is always the worry of allergic children eating something dangerous or simply coming home disappointed.
Over in the U.S. in 2014, FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) launched a national campaign to help children with food allergies enjoy a safe and happy Halloween. This annual campaign is the 'Teal Pumpkin Project'.
The idea behind this is to display a teal pumpkin in front of your home, along with a printable sign to show you have non-food treats available for children this Halloween. FARE recommends offering items like stickers, inexpensive toys, glow sticks and bracelets as safe alternative to sweet treats, which may contain hidden allergens.
Over 100,000 American households have already taken the pledge. We think it's a great idea; why should children with food allergies miss out on the fun and excitement of 'trick or treat'?
Let's hope this great campaign takes off here in the UK! There are a variety of resources available from FARE to help support children with life-threatening food allergies.
Are you getting involved? Tweet a picture to @thehealthyhouse and use the #tealpumpkinproject hashtag to help raise awareness.
The TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT and the Teal Pumpkin Image are trademarks of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).