What do teal pumpkins mean during Halloween?

Teal Pumpkin Project Promoting Allergy Safe Treats On Halloween

The teal pumpkin effort is meant to make Halloween more inclusive, and trick-or-treating a better experience for kids with a range of food allergies. Teal is the color used for food allergy awareness.

Know that a candy that has been safe for your child in the past may now have different ingredients.

All the sweet goodies costumed children collect on Halloween can be especially hard for kids who have food allergies.

Let's look at it this way: A parent takes their child trick-or-treating and collects a plastic pumpkin full of candy. The pumpkin symbolized that homeowners have non-food goodies for kids with any kind of food allergy.

As per Food Allergy Research and Education, in every classroom, two children suffer from a life-threatening food allergy, on an average.

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Additionally, in some cases, foods believed to be "safe" may have been manufactured using the same equipment that process allergy-ridden items, while others may have been cross contaminated somewhere along the way. The concept is simple, paint a pumpkin teal and set it outside your house to show that your home is part of the Teal Pumpkin Project. As a parent of a child with severe peanut allergies, I have to be constantly aware of what things he consumes or touches.

For some, chocolate, candy corn, and popcorn are staples when it comes to Halloween candy, but there are some kids who will have to be more selective on trick-or-treat night because of food allergies.

Place the teal pumpkin in front of your home. 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.

Whaley participated in the project by passing out erasers and stickers during the Pikeville Farmers Market trick-or-treat event on Saturday morning. Teal is chosen to represents food allergy awareness initiatives and this project makes it easy for all the children to participate and enjoy the festivities. "There's some little treats or toys I can have that are non-food because with allergies you can't just have random candy", Hess said. With one teal pumpkin on your porch, you can make this Halloween an inclusive one that is safe and fun for all children!

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