Updated: Jul 8, 2020
As a big fan of Legally Blonde, I find any excuse I can to quote Elle Woods. In honor of spooky season, let's talk about a truly scary combination: Halloween night with food allergies.
If you are like most people, you'll grab a couple bags of assorted candy from the store to hand out to costume-clad kids. Whether you have children or not, we can all appreciate seeing tiny Elsas and Captain Americas running around our neighborhoods clutching their candy-filled bags.
You most likely won't give it a second thought when you hand the child standing on your porch a couple of mini Snickers or Reese's cups if you don't have allergies yourself, or know someone who suffers from them.
While you might not know which trick-or-treaters have allergies, you can provide allergy-free treats!
Want to help make a more inclusive environment for kids with food allergies? Keep reading!
While you're in the seasonal section of Target buying more decorations or candy, grab a teal pumpkin for your front porch. Why teal? Teal is the color of food allergy awareness and the color of choice for the Teal Pumpkin Project. This project was started by FARE (Food Allergy and Education) to help create a more positive, happy environment for children on Halloween.
Want to get involved? It's easy!
Step 1: Buy a teal pumpkin, or paint a pumpkin teal for your front porch (to indicate to trick-or-treaters' parents that you are an allergy-safe home)
Step 2: Buy non-food items! Here are some suggestions from FARE's website if you're stumped!
Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
(Katie is participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project and bought some pencils, glow sticks, army men, and jumping frogs from the dollar store to give out!)
Step Three: Add your house to the Teal Pumpkin Project map!
Step Four: Tell all your friends that you are an allergy-friendly house!!
Step Five: Enjoy seeing the excitement on children's faces when you show them the bucket of treats that's just for them!
Happy Spooky Season everyone!!