Okay crafters, let’s get serious for a moment.
Have you heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project? Are you a supporter? Do you participate?
If you are unfamiliar with this movement, in 2014 Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) launched a program to help make Halloween safe and inclusive for children (and families) struggling with any degree of food allergies. This movement was a huge step forward for any child who was unable to participate in Halloween fun.
Participation is simple. Place a teal pumpkin outside your door (or stickers/posters from the Food Allergy Canada website) and as an alternative or in addition to providing candy treats for trick-or-treaters, simply offer non-food treats. The possibilities are really endless as dollar stores offer many options from stickers to glowsticks, to Halloween themed toys.
Two of my children suffer from peanut allergies and many places (such as schools etc) almost cater to peanut allergies but is important to remember, peanut and tree nut allergies are not the sole food allergy. A close friend of mine has a daughter who suffers from a dairy protein allergy and she cannot have many of the candy treats offered at Halloween. Also, many families favouring this movement have children with egg and wheat allergies. It is important to recognize all possible food allergies and allow for any child to feel included in the joy of Halloween.
Will you be participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project? Do you live somewhere other than Canada that has a similar movement? I’d love to hear from you!