Tami Marks has a 4-year-old with a food allergy and sometimes trick-or-treating is scary.
While you may not know which kids have food allergies, there is a way to offer safe treats for all to enjoy.
After a little research, she found the teal pumpkin project.
If you have a child with allergies, especially to certain foods such as peanuts, milk, and eggs, trick-or-treating can be an especially stressful time.
FARE thanks the following Teal Pumpkin Project official 2017 partners: Ahold USA (including its brands Stop & Shop, Giant Food and Giant/Martin's), CVS Pharmacy, DBV Technologies, FunWorld, Hy-Vee, Learning Express, Magic Power, Market Street, Mello Smello, Michaels, Savers (doing business as Savers, Value Village, Unique and Village des Valeurs) and SCS Direct. "Not everyone understands the allergies caused by food", says Erica Kramer, whose son also suffers from food allergies. "When you see these kids hesitating at your bowl with chocolates and peanut butter cups, it's because on some level they know these treats could harm them".
Always have an epinephrine auto-injector available, if needed and prescribed. "So, that was not fun it's like the best part". Make no assumptions, and read all labels carefully.
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Keep the emphasis on the fun, rather than the candy.
During this time of year, kids gather a lot of candy from different Halloween themed events.
Their Teal Pumpkin Project encourages people to place a teal-painted pumpkin outside their door if they're offering non-foods treats, such as small toys, stickers and crayons.
More and more teal pumpkins are popping up on front porches including in CT. This will help explain the meaning of your teal pumpkin to visitors to your home. For more information about food allergies, visit http://www.foodallergy.org. With food allergies on the rise in our youth today, it's a wonder that we still celebrate Halloween the same way we have for decades.
Interestingly enough, this effort to protect children from life-threatening allergies could be the change needed to target other life-threatening health conditions affecting children today.