Until our son tested positive for an array of food allergies when he was just three months old, I hadn’t given much thought to how everyday foods make millions of people sick.
According to Food Allergy Research and Education:
1 in 13 children have food allergies in the U.S.
Food allergies determine how we eat at home, which restaurants we enjoy, who we hire to watch A.J. while we’re away and requires us to keep his EpiPen handy for food allergy emergencies. We’ve taken a very cautious approach to celebrating Halloween with food allergies until I heard about the Teal Pumpkin Project.
Teal Pumpkin Project Makes Halloween Safe for Food Allergy Families
Food Allergy Research and Education launched the project in 2014 and it’s gained international attention ever since from families with food allergies.
Paint a pumpkin teal to show that you’re providing non-food treats for Halloween. It’s a safe way to allow all trick-or-treaters to take part in the annual event without worrying about allergic reactions to candy.
This year, our teal pumpkin project included ones that are spray painted and covered teal scotch tape.
A non-food Halloween event is also welcoming to children with diabetes, as well as the ADD and ADHD community who’ve found that modified diets can lead to better outcomes.
Watch my interview with the Vice President of Communications for Food Allergy Research and Education about the Teal Pumpkin Project‘s Mission and how you can take part!
What is the Teal Pumpkin Project?
Visit TealPumpkinProject.org to get free resources to make your home ready for an food-free Halloween for your family and visitors
- Download stencils for your teal pumpkin, flyers and signs to display in your neighborhood or your event.
- Add your home address to the interactive map so families know you’re offering safe treats.
- Get ideas on how to spread the word about this annual event.
How to Get an EpiPen Coupon
One of the many expenses of living with food allergies is the cost of an Epipen, an epinephrine injection, that can save a person’s life when they’re having an allergic reaction. In 2016, the makers of the EpiPen were criticized for jacking up the price of he life-saving medication. Here are 4 Ways to Survive the EpiPen Price Hike.