Who Else Wants an Allergy-Friendly Halloween?
The Teal Pumpkin Project
Guest Blog by Angela Akers
Is Halloween a nightmare of food allergies and sensitivities for your kids? Is the candy being handed out the scariest thing on the block? Then join the Teal Pumpkin Project so everyone can have a fun time!
Food allergies can be life-threatening and affect 1 in 13 children in the United States. I love The Teal Pumpkin Project and I want to encourage everyone to really take into consideration the growing number of allergies/sensitivities. Join us in making trick-or- treating fun and safe!
The Teal Pumpkin Project is a worldwide movement to create a safer, happier Halloween for all kids. Putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep/sidewalk or downloading a free sign and displaying it in a visible area means you have non-food treats available. This simple act promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies/sensitivities. The look on each child’s face when you hand them a treat that they can enjoy will be worth it. Oh, and it makes the parents happy too!
Bonus: An allergy-friendly Halloween is cheaper and healthier! I am a big fan of Oriental Trading online, and you can also find goodies at local dollar stores and big box stores that stock party and school supplies.
Beware – Some items such as play doughs, tattoos, and stickers may contain food allergens like wheat. If you can check the ingredients before purchasing such items that would be awesome.
20 Allergy-Free Treat Ideas:
3. Spider rings
4. Squeeze balls
5. Mini Slinkies
6. Vampire fangs
7. Wax lips
9. Sidewalk chalk
11. Fidget Spinners
12. Mini Notepads/Coloring books
13. Pencil toppers or erasers
15. Toy cars
16. Glow stick items
17. Plush toys
20. Play Dough (certain brands are gluten free)
Psst! Do every parent a favor and avoid items that honk, beep or play music!
Still want to pass out those yummy sweet treats? Please put them in a separate bowl. Cross contamination is always a concern and all it could take is a small amount to trigger a reaction.
Let’s go Teal in October!