Traditionally, Halloween is a time where kids dress up in costumes, maybe scare a few people, and go door to door, collecting candy. For some kids, 1 in 13 have a food related allergy, and cannot eat candy that has been processed in factories and exposed to nuts/soy/milk/wheat/ gluten. People have been catching on to the Teal Pumpkin Project. A teal pumpkin will appear outside any house that has toys/ treasures for those with allergies who cannot consume candy. Some ideas for non-food items are, “glow sticks, pencils, bubbles, pencils, bouncy balls, spider rings, notepads, playing cards, sticker and bookmarks.” A complete list of items and other helpful hints can be found here. And maybe, a special ode to the dentists of the neighborhood who hand out toothbrushes!
Painting these pumpkins can be a fun activity for children. Maybe you can have a pumpkin painting party with other kids, or even have these pumpkins be used in classrooms.
If parents allow their children to go to a house without a teal pumpkin, that hands out candy, it is important to read all ingredients and food labels. Not just on halloween, but always there should be available emergency medicine such as children’s Benadryl, a prescribed Epi-Pen injector, that is up to date.