Who does not love an excuse to have fun with your child, go to a party or say, trick or treat as you visit your neighborhood. If you are an allergy parent events and days like this strike fear in your heart, here we go again, foods that for Jill and Joe are safe, but for your little one, can cause a life threatening reaction.
Take heart, you are far from alone as you navigate the world of tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, milk, and oh so many dangers you know lurk hidden in Halloween treats. Others like you understand, even if they don’t deal with allergies, parents nation wide are working to spread the efforts of FARE’s (Food Allergy Research and Education) Teal pumpkin project.
This year, a new tradition starts, when you are out and see a house with a Teal colored pumpkin, take heart, this is the symbol for a safe trick or treat home, one that is not passing out candy, but other safe treats.
If you wish to join in the project, some trick or treat ideas are glow in the dark sticks, individual bubbles, crayons, mini Slinkies, stickers, whistles, fake fun teeth, just about any inexpensive party favor you can find will be perfect. Shop Dollar Tree, or use the Oriental Trading catalog that just seems to show up in homes with children. Shop party supply stores for grab bag toys sold for less than the cost of candy.
Paint a pumpkin teal, and sit back and wait for your house to be visited. Use this chance to share food allergy information with those who question your decoration color choice.
You may visit FARE’s website for a printable poster to hang in your window.
Have a SAFE and happy Halloween!
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